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

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How close to the NFL are you / football experience

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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.

    Fawk this thread. Bringing up memories and such!
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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.
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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.

    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 " you want a autograph or what??" hah
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  • Never played. Closest (literally) I've been to the NFL was when I got a press pass to photograph the final Seahawks training camp in Cheney. Got to shoot from inside the fences and eat in their dining hall.
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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. ... 9194ea99b6
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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: (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.

    Used to work with Ray Childress' cousin.
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  • My friend got punched by Chris Ivory at a WSU party. Chris Ivory, the RB for the Saints. lol.

    But yeah, im just a fan of the NFL.
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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.

    I even got a call from the Rams media department asking for footage. Didn't give it up to them.
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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?

    On to week two. Week one was not a fluke!
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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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  • Great stories so far, and a great topic. I'm going to stay out of the participation though, just so I don't become the ultimate 1-upper!
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  • NFL player. :th2thumbs:
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  • Susitnagal should see this string. She has family in Florida as I recall that had season tickets there and knew someone that knew someone.

    On to week two. Week one was not a fluke!
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  • I am just a fan.
    Connection wise, Lance Briggs went to my high school. He kept friends with the schools most popular biology teacher. That teacher brought him into one of our classes one day so we could ask questions and stuff. We were all pretty quiet, there wasn't many questions. I wasn't that into football then, I'd have questions for him now.
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  • My mother used to tailor suits for Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, she didn't know who they were for years.

    One of the many managers at this store I used to work with was a 'hawk, poor dude could barely walk because his body was so shot.

    Kid I went to high school with plays for the Jets, plays offensive line. Still works out at the gym here during the off season.

    Watched Johnathan Stewart destroy my high school team on a couple occasions back in the day.

    TPed Adam Vinatieri's parent's house.

    Also, I met some Seahawks at a Luncheons when I was in elementary school, got to fake like I was a 'hawk on the field at the was bad ass.

    Go Hawks.
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  • Had forgotten that I drank beer with Kenny Stabler at local city rec league football while the Oakland Ray-Duhs had him hid out until the draft.

    Got to hear lots of storys about Bear Bryant and Alabama from him. I noticed one play he ran to his right, turned and hit a guy about 40 yards downfield clear across the field in stride. Talked to him later to say what a great play that had been. You can imagine the jaw droppings on our groups faces when I said "Kenny Stabler from Alabama?"

    Trust me, I never saw him turn away a free drink.

    On to week two. Week one was not a fluke!
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  • Cool thread.

    I played OT and DT in junior high and high school. I was large and powerful and had tremendous push, but my lateral speed sucked and had a vision handicap. No way for college ball.

    Just want to take this moment to say that, IMO, has the most knowledgeable, savvy, users with a high football IQ. I've been reading for years and post infrequently, only because scanning threads yields answers to most of my questions.
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  • I'm not sure if this counts, but I once mooned Doug Farrar.
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  • RockHawk wrote:Great stories so far, and a great topic. I'm going to stay out of the participation though, just so I don't become the ultimate 1-upper!

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  • Played in high school but coached after for some. We always had a banquet after the season with some guest speakers one year it was Mike Reichenbach LB from the Eagles got to talking to him about the Seahawks and playing in the Kingdom said it was like nothing else with fan support and the noise. Also went the a clinic and Matt Millen was giving a speech on Raiders vs Redskins defensive play calling at Washington they had long names for each lineament at Oakland they had the Cat defensive "I got that cat you get that cat" he did have some great story's and seemed like a he would be a great guy to hang out with. On a side note I stopped coaching and did get certified as a high school official and it is neat to follow some of the players that move on. Did any of you see the you tube video of the official getting hit in the head with the ball this past year on ESPN and David Letterman, looked like he was shot he was from my officials chapter boy did he take a ribbon. In his defense he was to be watching the receiver not the ball.
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  • I have been fortunate enough to have a family member (wife's side) as an employee of the Seahawks FO. He has been extremely generous with tickets, on-field access and camp access. My mother, RIP 2/19/2012, was very involved with American Cancer Society and this family member has worked very hard to provide her with auction items like signature balls and jerseys.

    I will never repeat his name for his own protection, I would never want anyone in the organization to make a connection between he and my forum antics. He does not provide insider information that is not public, but he has told me to "Keep your eyes open today" when certain transactions were taking place.

    I have met players from every team that has visited the Clink and Qwest since 2004 because of this family member and my seats are usually surrounded by players' families. Not usually the same folks either, sometimes a player will have a large group of fans in attendance and you can tell when you see an entire row of them wearing the player's jersey number. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I read an email stating "You are going to make it this weekend right? I have x number of seats left and we need your noise" before a playoff game. I have not ever paid for playoff tickets and I have been to every home playoff game following 2003. It is so cool to go up to the player's family ticket window, show my ID and pick them up. I am very blessed this way and I will do anything I can to help this family member. If it means volunteer work, computer help, anything.

    I also drove Patrick Hunter home from a club in Bellevue into the Redmond area. In a White Ford Bronco. :)

    Oh! I forgot to add that in October of 2007, I bought the wife a 2008 Nissan Armada that came with every option available. I was up at the Kirkland facility meeting this family member and he was talking to me next to the new vehicle. Josh Wilson walked right up to it and asked if he could check it out. He hadn't bought his "luxury SUV" yet and sat in the vehicle, checked out the audio and video, showed him the voice control and he bought one!

    It was a pretty cool moment for me.
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  • Through pure coincidence, I went to high school with three guys who became NFL QBs. My first three years of high school were in Sacramento, and I went to school and played with Gio Carmazzi (3rd rd pick by Niners in famous Tom Brady draft) and JT O'Sullivan (played for numerous teams in NFL). My senior year I moved to Portland and played with Joey Harrington.

    But the best guy I played against was Jheremiah Pharms who some of you might remember went to UW. He was from Sac and was a beast in high school. Too bad he got arrested after getting drafted. lol
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  • I was/am way too.small to play football. I get a chance to show off my best Earl Thomas impression every Saturday though. As the smallest guy on the field, I always get targeted, until they find out very quickly, I can cover.

    One of my good friends has a sister that is married to Jon Kitna's brother. Jon took him and his family to a resort in Montana for the rich and famous not too long ago. Said he saw Justin Timberlake and his beautiful wife there.

    I also sold 2 tubs of NO Xplode Jon when I worked at a health store.

    His cousin is also Laurent Robinson, formerly of the Cowboys and Jaguars. Got a huge payday by the Jags and got injured, then released.
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  • I have an aunt on my Mom's side of the family that is a realtor. She sold a place/property to Drew Bledsoe in Northwest Montana. Her and my uncle somehow became good friends with the Bledsoes, and they were in charge of "house sitting" while he was off and playing, and in charge of keeping his cars cleaned, detailed, etc, so all he had to do when he came for some downtime was just get in the car, and turn the ignition. They got pro-bowl tickets from him when he made the pro-bowl, and super-bowl tickets the last time he went to a super-bowl - aka "The Brady Revelation."
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  • Ok, this is kind of embarrassing really, but I'm second cousins with Caleb Hanie. :pukeface:
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  • I also attended church years ago with Fred Swendsen who played briefly with the Buffalo Bills. Funny, I had not thought about him for years until I saw this thread. I remember asking him as a kid if he knew O.J.

    Fred is a Chiropractor in Puyallup and has been forever it seems.

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  • Scott Shanle (linebacker for the Saints) once tackled me in high school 8-man football. His team's mascot was the Beavers, by the way. Anyway, I had a cold that Friday night and had a runny nose all week. I was QB and he and I collided head-to-head on a designed bootleg. Snot from my nose landed on his face. My bell got rung good and we didn't convert the 3rd down but I think I definately got the better end of that deal.
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  • I went to Central Catholic High School my freshman year. I played football that year with Joey Harrington as the senior varsity QB. I also had 3 classies with his younger brother Ryan Harrington. Although Ryan got kicked outta school for showing his "fun zone" to a 15 year old girl in his senor year. lol

    I also had Richard Sherman talk to me on facebook too.
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