While I am basking in the wonder of my discovery, let me ask another nagging question: Why do we find simulating to be so stimulating? (Think Fantasy Football, xBox/PlayStation games, SIMS and other virtual reality “games” or worlds, etc.) Is it because we have so many conveniences and live in such a…
Mumford and Sons is one of my favorite bands. Tonight, I was listening to”After the Storm” for the umpteenth time and for the first time, I really listened. I was struck by these lyrics in particular:
And I won’t die alone and be left there
Well, I guess I’ll just go home, oh God knows where
Because death is just so full and man so small
Well, I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before
Here’s to the boys
Who died on unknown hills
In unnamed battles
Who rest in unmarked graves
Whose near anonymous sacrifice
Secured the safety
Of untold millions
To whom belongs
The whispered but not unknown…
Of the Widow’s mite.
Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large…
He was an old man when I was a young boy. He was gaunt, grayed, and scraggly. His voice had that quality that reminded you of the sound your sneakers make when you shuffle your feet on a gravel road. Beneath a thinning mop of hair was a narrow face with hollow cheeks and keen eyes that were water bug-quick, darting this way and that. He had a long, easy gate and generally wore his…
Just sizing each other up. Think I can take him.
This is the last of the interview series from the United Way kids’ football clinic held at Jubilee Park in Dallas on April 25. The primary sponsor of the event was Nissan, who partnered with the Heisman Trust and Habitat for Humanity.
Remember Heisman great George Rogers
Heisman.com has the following profile informationfor South Carolina Gamecocks…
“I guess that I survived, really. Football is a rough game… I’m not talking about physical death, but a lot of people don’t really survive with all their limbs moving and with their heads okay, so… Especially when you see what is going on with Tony Dorsett. I am happy to have my health and to have had such a nice career.”
Every now and then, this silver and blue blood has a burnt orange tint. On Friday, April 25, while covering the United Way football clinic sponsored by Nissan and the Heisman Trust, we managed to get a few moments with Texas Longhorns legend Ricky Williams.Greatest college player ever?
In the final game of the 1998 season, Williams was just 11 yards shy of Tony Dorsett’s all-time NCAA rushing record. He broke the record in dramatic fashion on a 60-yard touchdown scamper against rival Texas A&M. Williams led the Longhorns to victory and wrote himself into history, finishing his stellar career with 6,279 rushing yards. Additionally, he remains one of only eight running backs in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
After the record-breaking game, Texas coach Mack Brown said, “It’s been a special year because of Ricky Williams. He is the best player I have ever seen. I think he is one of the best, if not the best, college football player ever.”
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NFL Draft Day, 1999. Iron Mike Ditka has been brought to New Orleans to lead the woeful Saints to football glory. Ditka wanted Ricky Williams and was willing to do anything, it seemed, to get him. What transpired is remembered by some as one of the worst draft day decisions of all time.
Ricky Williams achieves NFL greatness
A little history …
At the winter meetings following the 1998 season, the then-Saints coach uttered, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” … or something to that effect.
Ditka made no bones about the fact that he would part with the Saints’ entire draft (picks in Rounds one, three, four, five, six and seven) for an opportunity to select the University of Texas’ Heisman Trophy-winning back. Like a lot of people at the time, Ditka believed Williams to be a rare talent — the second coming of Earl Campbell, only much quicker.
The Redskins were in a position to oblige. With Ditka already having thrown his cards on the table, general manager Charlie Casserly asked for more and got it — a first- and third-round pick in 2000.
Seems obscene, doesn’t it? Eight picks (including two each in the first and third round) for the No. 5 pick. To add insult to injury, a majority of NFL general managers believed Miami’s Edgerrin James, and not Williams, was the top-ranked running back on the board. Still, Ditka paid no attention. The trade went through, the Saints picked Williams, and Ditka closed down shop early.
The Saints’ media ate it up, and for once there was genuine excitement in New Orleans over its football team. But a 3-13 finish — which turned that 2000 first-rounder into the No. 2 overall pick — angered fans and the Saints’ brass, and Ditka was pushed out of town.
That trade lives in NFL infamy, and to this day hangs like a steel chain from Ditka’s neck. It’s a trade that has been chalked up to: Desperate times lead to desperate measures.
Despite Ditka’s being fired from New Orleans after the risky trade for Williams did not produce an immediate winner, Williams enjoyed a measure of success in the Crescent City. He had a couple of thousand-yard rushing seasons with the Saints before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
Williams is remembered as a colorful controversial character. He served a season-long NFL suspension for failing drug tests. He took an early retirement from the game in 2004 and went off to study “Ayurveda,” an ancient Indian system of holistic medicine.” He played in the CFL during his season-long suspension, but ultimately returned to Miami, where he resumed his NFL career and put up more than respectable numbers.
In 2002, Williams set the Dolphins’ franchise singe-season rushing record with 1,853 yards rushing. He scored 16 rushing touchdowns that season, which was also a franchise record. Williams finished his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. He amassed 10,009 career rushing yards, becoming just the 26th player in NFL history to surpass that mile marker.Ricky Williams, a man apart
Williams, always seen as quirky and a bit off-beat with his penchant for marijuana use and his seeming awkwardness in public, is an interesting study. Some want to dismiss him as just another doper. That, however, is a gross misunderstanding of a very complex, introspective man. Williams was diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder, for which he sought and received help.
Williams has never been one to give the standard coach-speak answers to questions. He is nothing if not reflective, genuine, and willing to risk being misjudged in the interest of an honest answer. I already believed that about him before I met him. This interview confirmed that belief…The Ricky Williams interview: A silverandblueblood exclusive http://silverandblueblood.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ricky-Williams-Interview-4-25.mp3Exclusive! Ricky Williams interview | Heisman winner talks about his greatest accomplishment as a football player Ricky Williams on his greatest accomplishment on the football field “I guess that I survived, really. Football is a rough game…
Dateline Dallas, Texas, April 25 – We caught caught up with the legendary, Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach at a United Way kids’ football clinic sponsored by Nissan, the Heisman Trust, and Habitat for Humanity at Jubilee Park in Dallas, Texas.
Exclusive: Roger Staubach Interview
We were able to ask perhaps the greatest Dallas Cowboy of them all about today’s team and the responses were unguarded opinions on Tony Romo, Jason Garrett, the state of the team, and even “Johnny Football” Manziel.
Roger Staubach on Tony Romo -These are a couple of very important years for Tony. Tony Romo is a heck of a quarterback. Last year, our defense was last in the NFL and we finished 8–8
Staubach on Johnny Football (and would he draft Manziel, if he was available): Well, if you told me that Tony Romo was going to get hurt…but I think Tony Romo is a heck of a quarterback and you’d hate to have Johnny Football on the bench and everybody screaming for Johnny Football. If we didn’t have a quarterback, I like Johnny Football. I think Manziel is a very good football player. I think he’ll be a…” (Roger left that thought unfinished, but seemed to be implying that he felt Manziel would succeed at the next level.)
Staubach on the state of the team: Even last year, if we had been able to keep the Sean Lee’s of the world healthy… But we were 8–8 with a defense that was struggling. So, we could have been 10–6 with a little luck. Hopefully, we move to the 10–6 level and not the 6–10. You need depth. You need to get lucky in the draft and get some high draft choices. I mean, the guy that was MVP of the Super Bowl for Seattle was a seventh round draft pick. You need to make sure your number one and number two guys (in the draft) are going to be playing for you for a long time. Then maybe a free agent or two, a sixth, seventh rounder that can step in and play. So, the draft is going to really be important for Dallas this year, because we need some help and we need some depth.”
Staubach on what Jerry Jones needs to do to get to a perennial contender level: You gotta get a conistent coaching staff. I think Jason Garrett will continue to get better and better and I think Jason’s potential is to be a really great coach in the NFL. So, you gotta have that confidence. It’s not just coaching. It’s getting the right pieces together…You look at the history of some really great coaches. It takes some time…I think Jason is capable of being one of the great coaches in the National Football League.
Staubach talked about Landry’s 20 consecutive winning seasons. There was no free agency then like you have now, so teams stayed together longer. And there is some luck involved in the picking of players and signing of free agents.
One thing no one need ever question: Roger Staubach bleed silver and blue and always will.Related articles across the web