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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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 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

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    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:
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  • My Son. AZ Cardinals. #59
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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.
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  • Termite wrote:My Son. AZ Cardinals. #59


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  • Termite wrote:Roger that


    That's cool man! Are you a Cardinals fan too? Or a Seahawks fan whose son plays for the Cardinals?
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  • I went to high school with Doug Baldwins college roommate/fellow WR at Stanford. I am friends with his sister.

    That's about as close as it gets lol.
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  • My dad was at a political benefit in Oklahoma also attended by Steve Largent. I asked him to ask about Dilfer or Hass being the future for the Seahawks.

    My Dad got his chance, in the Men's room at the urinal. Largent was a Hass fan.
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  • Played H.S. ball...I went on an Alaska cruise in 06, it was a Seahawk cruise and I had no idea, lucked out really. Played craps with Ken Hamlin, I was wearing my UW hat and when I rolled he would say "cmon UW" it was pretty cool, funny part was when his girlfriend came up next to him and he crapped out, told her to get he hell out of there she was bad luck! I am pretty sure she was with him about 8 months earlier when he got smacked in the head ending his season.

    I also played some slots next to Seneca Wallace, I did not say much but did ask him if he was going to re sign since at the time he was a free agent, he told me he had talked to Tampa but was pretty sure he would be back.
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  • Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor, Bruce Irvin, and Earl Thomas have all retweeted me or responded to me. I'm kind of a big deal.
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  • I chose the option of having a friend or knowing somebody in the NFL.

    A guy named David Paulson is a tight end for the Steelers, he played for the Oregon Ducks. He made the 53 man roster this last year and I cheer for him to get the ball every time I see him on the field. LOL they actually gave a heathhhhhhh chant thinking it was Heath Miller making the catch, both are white haha.
    He went to my rival high school, also played a lot of baseball and soccer with him. Dude was super nice and never stuck up about his skill being above everyone else.
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  • JesterHawk wrote: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.

    If you ever are in touch with him, tell him as a listener his distaste for the Seahawks is BLATANTLY obvious and VERY tiresome. Maybe he needs to come over to our side or at the very least hide it better.
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  • I've partied with a guy who played for the broncos when they won the Super Bowl. Wearing a donkeys SB ring felt so wrong but man that thing was sweet.

    As for myself I played some in middle school, but that was it
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  • A few years ago I was swimming in a pool at a hotel in Disney World and saw that Joe Theismann was in the pool, as well.

    My cousin's buddy works at the Top Pot that Golden Tate broke into.

    That's about the extent of my NFL experience.
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  • my nephew works in the pro shop, or did anyhow.. his paycheck has the NFL logo on it, great discounts on swag anyways.. Used to employ Ken Baines, probably 15 years after he played; lower back L&I claim after about 4 days.........YAY! OH! and 'my bros and I' camp with a cat named 'Jason' who was apparently O-line for a bit, not sure at what level or era, but I'm not about to argue with him.. he's about 4 of me
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  • lol. *sighs*

    Played baseball on numerous All-Star teams growing up with Max Komar. Last I heard was that he was in Chicago, but he came into the league as an UDFA for the Cardinals.

    The only other NFL player I knew on any personal level was Billy Joe Hobert...I'm assuming I knew him during a poor time in his life, as his association between us was my mother. I was pretty young then, so my memory is pretty cloudy.

    As far as ANY sport goes, I grew up having pitching battles and playing on the same all-star team as Nick Hagadone, who was drafted by the Red Sox in the 2nd round IIRC. He is currently on the Indians' active roster.

    Also had a few practices growing up with Graig Nettles. Actually was a pretty awesome guy to learn from. I was a pitcher that had power when he hit, but I drew walks far too often and wasn't the best at making contact. He helped develop my accuracy in regards to putting the ball in play, where I wanted it to go. Unfortunately, muscle deterioration took it's toll and I never had the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. Actually had been approached by a couple scouts by mistake (were scouting a few older players the same day) that had told me they would be keeping tabs on me (Was 15 at the time). Didn't have the zip on my pitches that Hagadone had, but sure as hell made up for it with consistent accuracy every pitch and some wicked junk in my back pocket.

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  • Played two horribly injury riddled years in the Canadian Jr. League and had a few partial scholarship offers to some JC's (including Eastern Washington) before they figured out my left knee was a total crap sandwich.

    Also have a cousin who was a pretty successful WR for the Utah Utes, had a tryout with the Bills and has played about 10 years in the CFL. We don't keep in touch though unfortunately. HIS step dad was a replacement player for Washington during the strike in 87. They gave him a SB ring iirc.
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  • muxpux wrote:I've partied with a guy who played for the broncos when they won the Super Bowl. Wearing a donkeys SB ring felt so wrong but man that thing was sweet.

    As for myself I played some in middle school, but that was it


    Was it David Diaz-infante? He was an o-lineman for the '98 bronco sb team.That dude was in my home town in Colorado all the time. He enjoyed the night life and always took off his ring to let people check it out and try it on. One weekend he must've partied real hard at a house party and actually lost his ring. Story was he was so hammered that he had forgotten who he had last tried on his ring. Somehow the ring was found at the local SAMs Club.

    http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=64994
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  • Greenhell wrote:
    muxpux wrote:I've partied with a guy who played for the broncos when they won the Super Bowl. Wearing a donkeys SB ring felt so wrong but man that thing was sweet.

    As for myself I played some in middle school, but that was it


    Was it David Diaz-infante? He was an o-lineman for the '98 bronco sb team.That dude was in my home town in Colorado all the time. He enjoyed the night life and always took off his ring to let people check it out and try it on. One weekend he must've partied real hard at a house party and actually lost his ring. Story was he was so hammered that he had forgotten who he had last tried on his ring. Somehow the ring was found at the local SAMs Club.

    http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=64994



    David Ritchie. He's a local boy. From Kelso. Played baseball against his younger brother who I swear had a 90mph heater in high school.

    Anyways, it was a local party, he does local events and as far as I know hasn't ever lost his ring.
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  • mikeak wrote:
    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


    haha thanks, the reason i started with Randall is because he's someone i consider a friend like if i saw him i could be like "Hey, whats up Randall, how you been" and its not like a fan talking to him, just buddies talking.
    Peyton on the other hand, still a bit star stuck, and he has remember my name before, but i do not know if i could talk to him without him being like " uh...do you want a autograph or what??" hah
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  • 1. My sister was engaged to marry Jamien McCullum, WR at Stanford, and son of Seahawks WR Sam McCullum.

    2. My roommate and best friend, Jeff Linehan, is the nephew of current Lions OC / former Rams head coach Scott Linehan. We go to 1 Lions game every year and occasionally get to rub elbows with the players. Jeff's father is Scott's brother.
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  • We have a family friend who played in the NFL for several years, mostly as a special teams guy.
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  • my babaysitter as a kid was Greg Frers' wife, Safety for the Calgary Stampeders (CFL). Went to the NO Saints training camp I vaguely remember. When it was off-season he'd help out and gave THE BEST rocket rides...they were fun :-)
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  • I went to high school with Justin Glenn (UW), but am better friends with his younger brother.

    He won special teams player of the year from KJR last season and UW special teams MVP.

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  • I was at Morgan Middle School in Ellensburg when Ja'warren Hooker was a senior at Ellensburg High School. I knew his little brother from little league baseball, we were on the same team one year. Moved to South Seattle and went to some of the high school football games in Kent (I ended up as a KM Royal), talked to Mike Karney a few times when he was a player for Kentwood and he was a beast on the field, he has bounced around the NFL the last decade.

    Met Brian Habib, he was an alama mater from the same elementary school as me. Also met Drew Bledsoe, his parents or something owned a store in Eburg and he signed autographs at it when I was a little kid. Still have his card and a picture with an autograph.

    And of course I have met various Seahawks around Seattle but usually at the obvious places.
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  • I was once in the bathroom of a bar/restaurant in Honolulu. As I was walking to the sink this really big guy comes in and goes to the urinal. As he stands there he starts hawking and farting and making a lot of bodily function noises quite loudly. I was thinking WTF? As he finished up this equally large guy walks in and the two of these giants know each other and start slamming each other in the shoulders and were generally pushing each other around the small bathroom in greeting. I was trapped at the sink thinking that it would get out of there before one of them misses and accidentally slams me. They finished and walked out of the bathroom to the bar. That's when I realized that the first guy was Jack Lambert. I have no idea who the other giant was.
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  • Hrm... in Friday Night Lights, toward the end there's a shot of the depth chart. The backup QB for the Odessa Permian Panthers, listed as 'Case' went on to lead 'em to a 16-0 season the year following the season in the movie. Hung out with the guy some in college. Had a long yet uneventful football career. Think he was drafted in '95, my last year at UNM:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoney_Case (Only NFL player I've spoken to more than once.)

    Met a few who went on to play in the NFL... Terrence Mathis spoke at my High School graduation, heh. Met Jake Bequette, Joe Adams, and Ryan Mallett while in Fayetteville.

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  • My friend got punched by Chris Ivory at a WSU party. Chris Ivory, the RB for the Saints. lol.

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  • I live in NY and had Keyshon Johnson come up to me and say that he thought from further back I was Wayne Chrebet. I told him I was faster and had better hands. Also have a friend that was a very good LB in the league and later became the LB coach of the Hawks. Got to meet many top players through him.
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  • I played high school football in Northern California. A couple buddies of mine went off to play college ball, one good buddy of mine played for the Raiders and Colts. After high school I joined the Marines so no foosball for me.
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  • Never played football, even though I wanted to, as I was too small at the time. Wrestled 119lbs my senior year of high school.

    With that said, I was very good friends with Harry Galbreath, OL for the Pack and Dolphins. He passed away a few years ago unfortunately. Very good man, biggest guy I've ever met in my life, and a heart of gold.

    I also film every game for the University of North Alabama, and film and produce their Coach's show. During last year's draft, both ESPN and NFL network used my footage of Jenoris Jenkins when showing highlights (besides his Florida seasons) for the draft.

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  • I played OL/DL in high school but was undersized for college. Switched to broadcasting.

    I've met a bunch of Seahawks players; I had a nice ten minute chat with Sherman before last season. Walter Jones is a twitter follower and a very very polite guy. I worked with a guy who was drafted by the Cowboys in the Irvin days and played in Canada. Had some funny as stories and still cut like he could run on the field and get it going again.
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  • I was a two way tackle at small high school on the Oregon coast. I came dangerously close to sacking The Moose From Scappoose Derek Anderson once in his senior year (my sophomore), but he read the weak pursuit angle I took after I broke through the line and easily broke through my even weaker attempt at an arm tackle. The dude was a giant even then.

    Also my uncle Dale was a scab player for the Seahawks in 1987 coming out of the University of Oregon, before it was cool. By my junior year of high school I had pretty much decided that I wanted to be a musician and not a football player so I wussed out on football, I miss it though and wish I had at least played through high school and maybe a little JC. Anyway, that's the long and short of my NFL contact.
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  • Brahn wrote:Got a buddy on the Texans practice squad. We are all hoping he can make the team full time this year. We really were hoping he would get a look up here in Seattle but he is doing well in Houston.


    Who is he?

    Childhood friends with Kevin Matthews, Titans center and son of Bruce Matthews. Their house was ginormous. A couple times I went over to Warren Moon's house.
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  • smashmouth59 wrote:I went to Junior High and High School with Brock Huard and Dane Looker. I was always JV while they were a year ahead of me. What was so cool about Brock was he was always a great role model. He was never into clicks and always took time to say hi to youngsters like myself.


    Also probably my closest connection was the Huards because I went to Rogers (rival high school at the time). I never played football, but I was in marching band. Damon, I don't really remember much, but I remember Brock was a guy Rogers' students loved to hate (on the football field and the basketball court).

    Not an NFL thing, but I am also related not too distantly to the Otton family (Sid, Tumwater football coach and Brad, former USC starting QB). Nice people.
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  • I played a year of college ball at DIII Ithaca (NY). The guys I played with won the Stagg bowl their senior year. In high school, I once wrestled Tim Green. He played a few years of D-Line with the Falcons. He was the only guy that ever pinned me.
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  • In spite of what anyone has said, I am Brian Bosworth.
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  • Ive hung out with Bob Sapp on occasion in Roppongi. Hooked him up with a girl one night in Club99, the friend of the girl I was out with that night.
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  • I've driven by both Seahawks Stadium and University of Washington Stadium when the Seahawks were playing there.

    I've driven/ridden by the stadium at Denver, and the one at Tampa. Does that count as a connection?

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  • Cartire wrote:One of my buddies from high school was Cory Procter. He was drafted by the Lions and also played for Dallas.


    I worked with Cory's uncle for a few years. He got me an autographed Cowboy's hat from him (now collecting dust in my closet).

    I also sat next to Isaiah Stanbach (spelling?) on his way down to meet with Cowboys after the draft. We talked some football shop. He was real cool. He was studying his Dallas playbook for a while. Found out he loved martial arts movies. He had a movie player about the size of a small laptop and asked if I wanted to watch it with him. I kinda said "ah not really", not wanting to impose, and he wouldn't hear of it, so we watched it together.
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  • my cousins ex husband was married to Michael Koenen's mom and I lived up the street from Jake Locker and he would come into m shop every once in a while and I played highschool ball and Semi Pro ball In the 90's
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