LOVE Those Athletic Guys!

 Subject: Role models……. It is interesting to note that most professional football players are  college graduates – not necessarily so for basketball although quite common and rarely for baseball players.  Higher learning for boxers is a rarety and for the most part, college coaches in all sports tend to be degreed.  Still, they all look all about equal to me.

 Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model:  “I wan’ all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan’ all the kids to copulate me.” New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season:  “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”

And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the ‘Skins say: “I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl,”   Matt Millen of the Raiders said: “To win, I’d run over Joe’s Mom, too.”Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins:  “He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings.”

Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann, 1996:  “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh :  “I’m going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.” (now that is beautiful)

Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: “You guys line up alphabetically by height.”  And, “You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.”Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson hooking up again with promoter Don King:   “Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?  He went to prison for three years, not Princeton “

Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota:  “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.”Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he ppeared nervous at practice:  “My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an
uncle or an aunt.” (I wonder if his IQ ever hit room temperature in January).

Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president, on a former player: “I told him, ‘Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?’  He said, ‘Coach, I don’t know and I don’t care.'”Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four F’s and one D: “Son, looks to me like you’re spending too much time on one subject.”

Amarillo High School and Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded: “Because she is too ugly to kiss good-bye.”


~ by nancyfenn on January 9, 2008.

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