How close have you been to the NFL? (offseason time waster)

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How close to the NFL are you / football experience

(Mere mortal) Just a fan. Nothing more
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45%
Played High School Ball
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Played College Ball
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NFL player (on a roster at all - even if you never made the 53)
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I have a friend/family member in the NFL
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  • I'm curious about the 5 that voted NFL roster :o

    But anyway, I'm just a mere mortal :(
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  • I once exchanged Facebook messages with Jake Locker. Does that count?

    My Dad tells me he used to know a guy who was a backup QB for the Vikings (started a few games in the 70s before washing out), but I can't recall the guy's name...

    That's about it, I think. Just a huge fan.
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  • I played football against Teyo Johnson in my earlier high school years. My brother was good friends with him since their flag football years. He eventually went to Stanford and got drafted by the faiders.

    Oh and I also got to play football against Grady Sizemore too, didn't know him though
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  • well guess I'm just a mortal. But if the LFL existed back in my day, I wouldn't have wasted 30 years in one softball league or another.
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  • I played for a very brief period in high school and it was a big mistake. Having a genetic connective tissue disorder is not conducive to surviving contact sports.

    The first time I took a low hit my knee hyperextended and my knee-cap completely dislocated and stuck out of place. It was miserable, and it wasn't even a hard hit. I've just always been stubborn and didn't want to let the disease stop me from living life, like so many in my family with the condition have.

    Needless to say, one low hit and my nfl dreams were crushed.
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  • All of u are talking about people you knew in the nfl, but did any of you actually play football yourselves at any organized level
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  • Mere mortal. Although I was good friends with Eric Colledge and remember when he had to babysit his nephew, Daryn Colledge. :D
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  • Played high school ball, but also family friends with Charles Haley. His brother Lawrence use to work with my dad so we would go over to his moms house occasionally and Charles would sometimes be there. When I played rec ball actually got to toss the ball around with him once or twice. Haven't seen em in awhile though
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  • My dad's former roommate and the best man in his wedding is a current Seahawks position coach (and former player) and they still keep in touch. That's opened the door to some cool Seahawks experiences. As for my family and myself, we are just mere mortals.
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  • -- My home room teacher in High School was Terry Summerfield. An undrafted rookie QB who was signed by the Hawks the same year the Hawks signed Sean Salisbury as a rookie free agent. Great guy. We called him Summerstud because he had gotten a sniff of the pros.

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  • My daughter spent the night at her friend's a couple of weeks ago, and it turns out her older brother is the punter for Tampa Bay.

    Saw Drew Bledsoe play in high school for Wa-Hi. Everyone knew then he'd be good. Dude had an arm.
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  • I was in India with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. Long story short, we end up in a small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! I also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! The Thuggee cult is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it's all up to me to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom. Leader of the cult? Zeke Mowatt.
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  • I, mere mortal. I went to high school with MKristo Bruce, huge douche. He played for wsu, practice squad on the panthers, short stint in the AFL and last I heard he's a car salesman. So the story goes anyway
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  • Hawk Strap wrote:I was in India with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. Long story short, we end up in a small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! I also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! The Thuggee cult is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it's all up to me to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom. Leader of the cult? Zeke Mowatt.


    I dunno if I buy that...
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  • I played high school ball, miss it so much. I would love to just be able to put on pads for one practice. Intramural flag football just isn't the same.

    The closest connection I have is going to elementary school with Courtney Jones, the daughter of San Francisco's tight end Brent Jones during their SB years. Really cool girl and the family was extremely nice as well.
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  • JSeahawks wrote:I was a high school QB, got sacked 6 times in one game by a dude that had a cup of coffee in the NFL. He went to UW as an offensive linemen then bounced around practice squads and the lower part of team rosters for a few years. Can't remember his name, Whitfield, or Whitman, or something like that.


    So Im guessing you werent as allusive as Russell in the pocket? Were you more of a Charlie back there?
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  • played high school football and got knocked out the in the playoffs by the team that ended up getting 2nd place in Texas 4A.

    In this game though i got to block the #5 ranked defensive end in all of America. I was a left tackle and after seeing how fast, big , and strong he was i realized that college probably wasn't for me :(
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  • I used to work with a guy claiming to be Kellen Moore's wife's uncle(The last names match up and the stories sounded real enough). He also claimed to be either friends with Bevel or his brother in law. Don't quite remember which. (Stories and things I've heard also sound authentic.)
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  • Played some football in high school, was never any good though.

    I also went to high school with Jonathan Stewart. We all called him "Snoop" back then.
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  • I asked Walter Jones, via Twitter, if he was going to come back & be an assistant line coach in Seattle. He replied, "You never know" Pretty much made my day.

    Playing football in England somewhat limits your NFL expectations. Still, I had a fun few years dreaming.
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  • I played basketball against James Donaldson in college who went on to play quite a number of years for the Dallas Mavericks......................oh wait, wrong sport. Doh! :34853_doh:


    Played TE and DT in high school but obviously excelled far more at hoops (small college ball for 4 years).
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  • This post.

    This is the closest I have got to the NFL.
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  • I played powder puff in high school does that count? :mrgreen:

    Oh yeah...I went on a blind date with a guy who used to play in the NFL though I can't recall which team. He had quit playing pro ball when his daughter was born and his wife left him for wanting to spend more time with the family instead of making the big bucks. He was a nice guy, but he was also the size of my fridge and dwarfed me.
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  • My band Soulfish played a couple tunes with Craig Terrill at the Seahawkers banquet, probably 5 years back. Also, my Dad is good friends w/Lloyd Trufant, since way way back.
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  • In 2011 I spent my vacations with my family in Rio de Janeiro, grandmather's house. So I went to the samba schools parade at Sapucaí. So, during the event, I saw Tom Brady And Gisele in the private place, just for 2 minutes Hahaha
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  • Got to play catch with Largent and Zorn back in the early 80's at a friends family bbq. Work with a guy who was on the practice squad with the Cowboys in the 70's, got a call up to the roster and blew out his knee during training camp, was never the same after. Went to school with Chris Chandler in Everett, he was 4 yrs ahead of me so senior when I was a frosh. I remember he was one of the nicer jocks at the school, always had a kind word for everyone, his younger bro was pretty cool as well. I also worked with a guy in Louisianna years back in a sales job, shadowed him for training for 2 weeks. He played for Green Bay for a few years as the #3 behind Favre. Guy was nice enough, but had a terrible gambling habit that had netted him a lost house and family when it was all said and done, kinda sad.
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  • Played in High School, played and successfully blocked Curt Marsh when he was at Snohomish, I was a WR and the block opened a hole fior a 40 yd run. Jerry McClain was also on that team and a running back named Chris Utt. Those Snohomish teams were perrenial State Champs or in the hunt back then. Curt as many know had a pretty good NFL career McClain was picked up by the Rams but never really made it from my understanding.

    Oh I made the block and Marsh being only around the high 280's I'm guessing flattened me and dislocated my finger, my block was more of getting in the way of a semi truck with a Volkswagon Beetle, I got in his way to slow him down for the RB to grab the corner and go. I was 5'4' and about 120 back then, really small for my age. Got lots of Kudos in film on Monday from the game and a lot of good natured ribbing as well.
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  • I played college football (Guard) And I coach a High School team.
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  • Me and 2 friends took the ride from NYC to Philly for the epic Monday Night game against the Eagles in 2005. Philly fans are no joke. I remember that when the Seahawks scored a TD on the opening drive (think it was Hass to Engram), me and my friends got up and started cheering. The entire section of fans got up and started SCREAMING at us to "sit the F down!" The exact quote I'll always remember was "I don't know where you **** think you are but it definitely ain't Seattle!" That did not deter us though and by half time, with the game already out of reach, Eagles fans were coming up to us congratulating us as they headed to an early exit. We crushed their spirits that night and it was beautiful. Most fans stayed for Reggie White's induction into the Eagles Hall of Fame at halftime but by the 2nd have it was a ghost town. With all the snow falling and what not it was pretty surreal. Best quote is a drunken Eagles fan looking up at the sky and saying "sorry you had to witness this Reggie. We love you!" as his friend helps walk him down the stairs and to the exit haha

    Anyway, my brush with the NFL came afterwards. On the train ride back me and my friends were riding across from Marquis Weeks' (former practice squad RB) mother and his brothers. They were talking to us about getting to meet some of the other players parents, specifically made note of the fact that Isaiah Kacyvenski's dad was a great person, and wanted my friend to make one of the t-shirts he had on (my friend made "Seahawks jerseys" out of plain white tee's. Did all the artwork and made it look almost identical to the real jerseys. They were pretty sick actually and Weeks' mom wanted one). I was so caught up in the conversation that we missed our stop. Little did we know that the next stop was deep in the hood in Philly. One of Weeks' brothers told us to watch out because some other guys that had been sitting by us on the train had a knife on them. We were about to miss our Greyhound bus back to NYC since we missed our stop, but Weeks' mother called Greyhound trying to get them to wait for just a few minutes, since we were going to take a cab.

    Then, some guy who is with his girlfriend comes over and tells us that he's actually calling a cab service now and he'd order two cabs. As we're waiting, he notices my Seahawks gear and says "you a big Seahawks fan?" I said yeah and then he started trying to quiz me on the team. "Who was the running back before Shaun Alexander?", some pretty basic stuff. Then he asked me if I knew who that woman I was talking to was and I said yeah, Marquis Weeks' mom. He seemed impressed and then told me that he was Bill Chapin, director of marketing at the time for the Hawks. We ended up having a really good chat about the Hawks and life in general. He left the Hawks to work for the Sounders a few years ago in the same role, but now he's working in Kansas City with a pretty sick job title. VP of Operations maybe? Either way, he was a pretty cool dude and I'm glad that success has found him. He did say that if I ever needed help getting an internship with the Hawks or anything like that that he'd help me out. Guess it's too late now though. Still, it was a great experience. To make matters even better, when the first cab arrived he and his girlfriend insisted that we take the cab because we were going to be late for our bus. We still were and ended up sleeping in a crappy Philly Greyhound station over night with a bunch of methheads but hey, that's life sometimes. It was worth it getting to talk to all these people. No regrets.

    I've also got a friend who I went to Wazzu with who worked in community outreach for the Hawks. Has a ton of pictures from training camp and events with a bunch of Hawks players. Really cool girl and some of the pictures are fantastic. She got hired by the Ravens prior to last season and has pictures with the Lombardi trophy, all of the Ravens, at the parade, etc. Talk about living a charmed existance! Some people just have magnetic laps. She's one of the good ones though so it's pretty cool to see.

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  • Played on my 9th grade team.

    I did go to high school with Jason Scukanec, now a radio host here in Portland. His NFL stint was pretty short due to injuries I guess. I wouldn't say I knew him well though, we had a few classes together.
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  • I played in high school, and was pretty good. I went to a smaller school so I didn't get much publicity. I took a golf class when I was at EWU and the instructor was the receivers coach who remembered me from high school and asked me to walk on. By that time I was already two years into college, married, with a kid ... and totally out of shape. That was as close as it got for me, but the could-shoulda part of me says I could have played in the Pac 10 if given the chance.

    My closest run-in with the NFL was while I was working at Safeway in Cheney during training camp. I was walking through the aisles and I saw Mike Holmgren browsing through the magazines. I didn't have the guts to talk to him - didn't even do my job and ask if I could help him find anything. I figured he had enough people bugging him. That's my claim to fame.
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  • played in HS for a year before realizing that the structure of my knees meant I probably would have been on crutches the rest of my life if i'd kept playing

    so promptly gave it up for weed and skateboarding.
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  • played a couple years of JC ball.. my family was very close to Michael Jacksons family, use to do BBQ's and holidays with them, this was when we were younger.... lost touch with him over the years , but it was cool to see him make it to the NFL and my beloved Seahawks...IMO one of our better linebackers over the years.. i remember a game where he got so pissed , he walked over to the bench and punched it and the bench went flying.. dude was passionate..
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  • A good friend was signed by and played for the Oakland Invaders of the USFL in '84. When that went defunct he was picked up by the Oakland Raiders but suffered a career ending knee injury early in training camp.
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  • Played a couple years of high school football, and the coaches kept trying to convert me to an offensive lineman (in Wisconsin.) I was 6'2, 180 lbs at the time, and I wasn't a huge fan of going up against 300 lb farmboys or being told I needed to add weight.
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  • Sarlacc83 wrote:Played a couple years of high school football, and the coaches kept trying to convert me to an offensive lineman (in Wisconsin.) I was 6'2, 180 lbs at the time, and I wasn't a huge fan of going up against 300 lb farmboys or being told I needed to add weight.


    Then perhaps you should have had some other skills, Edward Stonehands. ;) :mrgreen: :thirishdrinkers:
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  • My HS didn't offer football, and I grew up with no home team (from Guam). Just really got into football a few years ago, and really into it this year. Love rooting for the Hawks and learning about this game. Makes me wish my HS did offer football, I probably would have been much better at it than basketball (what I did play).
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  • Both my little brothers were starting QB's in college. One at NAU , the other at Portland State. One was good enough to be a back up witht the Cards, Broncos and practice squad with the Titans.
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  • Spent a month working at training camp in Cheney in 03(?) The year of the "We want the ball and we're going to score!" The most surreal moment of which (that I'll tell you about) was singing Happy Birthday next to Holmgren one morning. Then I interviewed a few years later with the team for a full time scouting internship that I obviously didn't get.

    Played in high school, got recruited by Bosie St and then the coaches all changed so I was left hanging. I think the only NFL guy I played against Rien Long, who went to WSU and the Titans and was absolutely impossible to block. Dude was like 6'8" with even longer arms.

    I playrf AAU basketball in middle school against Aman Gordon and Teyo Johnson, they are both still active in pro football I think. Teyo in the CFL according to Google and Aman was last with KC. THOSE were not fair fights...
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  • Fun thread. I played in HS; started at RT my senior year; played against two future NFL'ers.

    Steve Martin http://www.nfl.com/player/stevemartin/2501891/profile DL (drafted by Colts, played 10 years for 7 teams). He was like a steamroller with a nitrous-fueled engine in HS. He played at Jefferson City, which was one of those schools that had the same head coach for 40+ years and they were always a threat to win the state championship. In fact, the coach's name was Pete Adkins, his record was 405-60, and he won 8 championships. My junior year we went to Jeff City for the 2nd round of the state playoffs. They killed us. I was 2nd string that year and watching Martin from the sidelines made me fear for our O linemen. He was scary big, scary fast, and just plain scary. Adkins retired two years later, after two undefeated championship seasons.

    Isaac Byrd http://www.nfl.com/player/isaacbyrd/2499957/profile WR (drafted by the Tennessee Oilers, started in SB XXXIV, played 6 seasons) In HS, he played QB like Randall Cunningham and was the Missouri HS player of the year. In the last game I ever played, 1st round of the state playoffs, he single-handedly demolished us. In a torrential downpour, on a field 3 inches deep with mud, he somehow was completely unaffected by the conditions. Everybody else was slogging around, barely able to take a few steps without falling on their asses, and he just sprinted and bounded around that quagmire of a field like he was a gazelle on the high plains. It was impressive... and demoralizing. :)

    I had the privilege of conducting a long phone interview with Dan Devine in 1996. He was Mizzou's HC in the '60s, Notre Dame's in the '70s, and the Packers' HC for 3 years in between. While his NFL tenure wasn't much to write home about, he won a national championship with the Irish. The film "Rudy" had debuted a few years before our talk and he got a bemused chuckle out of being portrayed as "the heavy." He said that the really dramatic moments that involved him, like the players laying their jerseys on his desk, never happened or were imaginatively reworked. He was just a coach doing his job, basically, but the movie needed one last obstacle between Rudy and the playing field, so it made Devine the bad guy. lol

    I also worked at the Seattle ad firm that handled the Seahawks account. We did the Eugene Levy devil commercials. I was just a computer monkey doing print layouts, but I got to enjoy many smoke-break discussions on behind-the-scenes Seahawk bidniss.
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  • I helped a Seahawks defensive tackle put together part of his home recording studio. It was in the pre Hasslebeck era and I can't remember his name. He was soooo huge next to the rest of us mortals.
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  • HawkAroundTheClock wrote:In a torrential downpour, on a field 3 inches deep with mud, he somehow was completely unaffected by the conditions. Everybody else was slogging around, barely able to take a few steps without falling on their asses, and he just sprinted and bounded around that quagmire of a field like he was a gazelle on the high plains. It was impressive... and demoralizing. :)


    It's the truth, the difference between us and them is really just that. Athletic freaks of nature. It seems when ever you see old High School film of some NFL player (who doesn't even really need to be a superstar) they are completely dominating, out running and out manuevering everyone on the field from both teams. They stand out on the field visually usually in size and always in speed. It's like a 17 year old playing against 11 year old pop warner players.
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  • Coached YMCA basketball with Chris Kuper's (starting guard for the Broncos) dad.

    Went to jr high school with Mark Schlereth.

    Was a bartender at the Hi Neighbor Tavern in Spokane when Mark Rypien was in his heyday with Washington. Him and his high school buddies came in all the time.
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  • Shadyhawk182 wrote:I played little league baseball with Randall Cobb and highschool football. His parents were my parents childhood best friends so when he comes to town we hang out sometimes. Also. When Peyton was qb for Tennessee they had to do community service to be on the team and Peyton worked at the boys and girls club that my mom was the manager of. When he comes to town sometimes he invites our family to dinner....its a littlw weird though because hes a grown man but still calls my mom "miss Linda".


    Next time you should lead with Peyton Manning :D -- he usually doesn't go down as the "also guy" .....

    cool story

    and cool stories by everyone else

    I have a really really big screen TV so with HD it feels like I spend many Sundays right next to NFL players but that is as close as I get
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  • A Mere Mortal here, but have been a diehard tackle football fan since grade school, working as a sideline manager for the BEHS Tigers all through high school. I was the guy that dried the footballs and tossed them back to the refs when it was raining, and would keep track of kicking tees and stuff. Have been the guy that was too small and even now I only weigh about 145.

    I have had numerous encounters with Seahawks over the years, and the first was 1979-80 (ish) and got to meet Jim Zorn and Steve Largent and shake their hands. Cool guys. Didn't play catch with them or anything, but chatted with them for a good while among a group of about 10 kids. That's when I realized they weren't THAT big, and were normal people just like me.

    As an adult, I was a multi-unit area supervisor and a general manager for a popular fast-lube company throughout the mid 90's (the one with the big green "Q" on the sign). One of our busiest shops was the 4-bay on the corner of NE 20th and 140Th NE that did over 100 oil changes a day. We changed oil on numerous Seahawks player's personal vehicles over the years, and I had the unique opportunity to speak to some of the guys for a half an hour or more while they waited.

    I've shaken the hands of, had conversations with, and received autographs from: Joey Galloway, Anthony Simmons, Blair Bush (Lynnwood), Sam Adams, Brian Blades, Trent Dilfer, Ahman Green, Shawn Springs, Jacob Green, Darrell Jackson, and bunch of others. Believe it or not, there were a lot more Suburbans and pickups driven by players than Corvettes or Cadillac's. It's probably Escalades and Denali's now.

    I was also a frequent patron at the Lake Union Hooters back in the day, and had the privilege of watching a Monday Night Football game about two tables away from Blades, Galloway, Springs, Simmons (and about six others). Chatted with Brian Blades for a good while. I still have a deflated Hooters rubber football with all the autographs on it.

    I guess you could say I lost my "star-struckness" at an early age, and as time went by, I lost any over-excitement that prevented me from tactfully approaching and engaging players I recognized to talk with them. Having it be your job to talk to them definitely helps, but most of those guys want to stay in the weeds while they do those "normal people" tasks. The secret is to act like it's no big deal by greeting them quietly and respectfully, without asking them for anything. Just like anybody else, people open up after they get to know you're not a psycho or a stalker. Besides some of the guys that are more skittish and avoid people (like Marshawn) most players are happy to chat with somebody who respects their game and doesn't draw a crowd while they are out and about.

    I've run into a few Texans players while down here. Met David Carr at a golf store, and got to meet Dunta Robinson at a bar in The Woodlands right before he left for Atlanta. Dude had a smoking hot girl with him!
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  • I played HS ball at Kentridge during 80', 81' and 82' seasons. I started at TE and DE my Junior and Senior seasons. We went to the State Championship at the Kingdome in 1981 and lost to Richland. I went on to play two seasons at Western Washington University, until the injury bug got the best of me.

    I have had a few brushes with players and coaches over the years. I have met the legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Landry and QB Roger Staubach. I was able to play catch with Warren Moon at a work out at Husky Stadium on a 1983 recruiting trip. My favorite story is my most recent.

    My family and I were vacationing in Oahu this past January and were staying at the JW Marriott at Ko' Olina. This is the same hotel as the whole NFC team stays. My son and I had rented a two man sea Kayak for an hour out in the Lagoon in front of the property. Several players had done the same. We had rowed out the the far side of the Lagoon and were approached by two players and their wives. (Turned out to be Chad Greenway and London Fletcher). They were playing around and asked us if we wanted to race! I couldn't believe the fun. Now I'm 48 years old, but in okay shape and my son is only 9 years old. I'm In! So we start racing to the other side of the Lagoon. Maybe 200 yards.....and We Won! Great time for Logan (my son).....After we won, he yelled out Go Seahawks!...everyone laughed.

    The good part is that on the way back in to shore, Russel Okung and Russel Wilson and a few of their buddies are standing on the shore watching Okung's mom and her friend trying to figure out their own kayak....these women were a crack up for sure. I helped his mom get straightened out and on her way, so when I came up on to the sand with Logan, Okung thanked me and I shook his hand and Wilson as well. We chatted for a couple of minutes.....told them about my life long fandom, and wished them well for the game. We ran past several dozen other players while we were there, but we usually don't bother others privacy, so we left them be. Good Times.
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  • I went to "Basic" with Greg Landry. :roll:
    Does that count?
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  • My 1st cousin played TE for both the Bills and the Steelers.
    My brother was starting LT for Purdue when Mike Alstott played there.
    My son is related through his father to TJ Duckett.
    The kid could not play at all. lol. Maybe my grandchildren will have "the gift".
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  • Termite wrote:My Son. AZ Cardinals. #59


    Zack Nash?
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