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OrangeAfroMan

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You as a high school athlete
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:00:01 PM »
What were you as an high school (or beyond) athlete?

I was a 5'10", 240 lb left tackle.  Better pass-blocker than run-blocker.  Only started my SR year.  My JR year, i was the backup all both guard and tackle positions (4 total).  We had plenty of 6'2" guys along the line my SR year, but I was the LT because I didn't give up sacks and I didn't hold.  

My HS was 5A in FL.  6A was the highest (it's all different now).  We got to the playoffs both years I was on varsity and lost in the 1st round both years to Jacksonville Ed White HS.  They were good.

The only college mail I got for football was Division II and III schools, most of which I'd never heard of.  My granny asked me back then why I didn't try to play at Florida.  I explained that the current guy playing LT for the Gators was 6'8", 340 (Max Starks - played for the Steelers for a long time).  That helped her understand why football at Florida wasn't going to happen, lol.

What about you guys?
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Re: You as a high school athlete
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 03:11:08 PM »
Didn't play HS sports except for the varsity letter I earned in Chess. Stopped playing football after 8th grade.

Did martial arts (hapkido) from the age of 11 through high school. Got my 1st dan black belt around the end of my sophomore year of HS and my 2nd dan right before the end of senior year.

Had I stuck with football, I might have had a future. I was never all that fast, but I graduated HS at 6'4" and a lean 225#, and that was without weight training. I could have carried a lot more on my frame. 

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Re: You as a high school athlete
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 03:15:09 PM »
Heh, already touched in this in the other thread, which may have prompted this one.  I played both bballs, was decent enough.  I'm 6'4" and weighed about 175 in high school.  It turns out I can run a bit also, but I didn't know it at the time until someone had us running wind sprints one day as seniors "for fun". 

The football coach wanted me to play tight end for him and I declined.  That team went 0-10-1 that year without me.  They are not a powerhouse in Georgia HS football each year.

My singular event was to be the winning pitcher as a sophomore in the 8-AAA baseball regional final in 1970.  Our coach, who was a dope, had me start the first game next season in 35°F weather and I burned out my rotator cuff.  I had no idea what happened at the time, I just couldn't raise my arm above shoulder level for months.  So, he put me in left field.

Yay.  I've been in left field since.

I go to the Braves' baseball fantasy camp now at the ripe old age of 60-something and still do decently well against the 30 year olds.  That is a blast.  

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 03:43:01 PM »
HS football was how I got the nickname, Fearless

about 5'2 98 lbs as a freshman, loved football, I have a short achilles tendon on my left leg (no wheels) can't jump or ruan worth a dern.

so coaches put me at left guard offense and middle LB defense

playing in small school 11 man football Iowa in the late 70s - 53 in my graduating class

never started, quit after my jr season to work, younger guys behind me were bigger and stronger

best story is how I got the nickname, Fearless Phil

during two a days as a freshman I was the smallest kid on the roster,  upperclassmen and assistant coaches were taking wagers on when I would quit. (I found out about this tears later, maybe as a junior or senior)

as the practices passed and I kept coming back, the upperclassmen would hit me harder and harder to insure I wouldn't return for the nest practice.  possibly some hazing and abuse.  (I'm not complaining)  I wouldn't quit.  Many of my fellow freshmen did.

in the end, the upperclassmen named me fearless.  The name evolved from there.

I have no regrets.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2018, 03:44:40 PM »
Don't be shy with those Minor League Baseball photos, CIncy. 


Myself, I played a year of JV Soccer before assuming my rightful position as a spectator in the grandstands. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2018, 03:45:09 PM »

I go to the Braves' baseball fantasy camp now at the ripe old age of 60-something and still do decently well against the 30 year olds.  That is a blast.  
may not be how the 30 year olds portray it, but I'll take your side.
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Re: You as a high school athlete
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2018, 03:46:28 PM »
Don't be shy with those Minor League Baseball photos, CIncy.


Myself, I played a year of JV Soccer before assuming my rightful position as a spectator in the grandstands.
soccer wasn't a sport in the 70s
what year did Pele wake up the USA?
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2018, 03:50:30 PM »
Was a 4th string bean pole my senior year in HS. 

Had a great body strength index, because I was strong enough to match my 6'0" 140lbs frame in weights. 

Played FS. 

Chapin was a 2A school full of coaches kids', so playing time against my friends didn't happen. Loved the game, understood it well, and still learn today. 

First game we played Lugoff-Elgin, were winning big, so I got to play much of the 4th quarter.

First play, they threw a deep pass my direction, and I caught it over the shoulder for an INT.

Coaches blasted me for saying I got beat, but I was only playing the ball in the air.

I was more suited for basketball, and was a good passer, shooter, and loved getting rebounds as I usually seemed to float in the air while getting them. Very good defender because I had great hand to eye coordination.

However, I never tried for the HS team, because all my friends, small school of coaches kids, were already on the team.

I played a lot if rec league.

Today, I'm 6'3" 215 lbs at 40 yrs, and lost most of that athleticism, so I'm bitter about the spurt I had while in the Navy, but I'm doing alright for myself I guess.

Wish I had these measurables back in HS, but whatever.

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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2018, 04:23:57 PM »
soccer wasn't a sport in the 70s
what year did Pele wake up the USA?
Must've been the '80s, 'cause it was a pretty common sport by the 90s.
My brother played Hoops and Lacrosse. His basketball coach was Randy Ayers's brother, who looked just like him. 
There were only 5 lacrosse teams in central Ohio back then. Dublin, Hilliard, Worthington, Upper Arlington and Wellington. Now there's like 30+. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 04:34:15 PM »
I can recall the soccer team at our HS coming in from practice as we were dressing for basketball.  They would all be covered in mud.  This would be circa 1971.  I had no clue what soccer was at the time other than being muddy.  They all seemed to be having a great time.  They were not the good athletes in school though.

I think they actually started soccer before that in Europe or Argentina or somewhere, probably circa 1960, but it never caught on ...  football is king in most countries today.  They even have a very large church in Paris where they congregate to watch Notre Dame play.

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2018, 05:09:50 PM »
Wasn't much of an athlete. Played as many sports as I could until about 9th grade when I could not make the cut for basketball, baseball, or JV football at my 5A Texas High School. Stuck with Cross Country and long distance Track so on paper I could appear physically fit for applying to the Naval Academy. By Junior year I quit all sports; my military academy hopes fizzled out when I was diagnosed with a debilitating/sometimes fatal immune disorder. But my dear Mom wanted a second opinion so we flew to the St Louis Children's Hospital and wouldn't you know, the Endocrinologists didn't find anything and cleared me. I didn't go back to sports and by then my medical situation delayed things too much for applying to the academies. Fast forward about 12 years post high school graduation and I have a good job where I just so happen to work with a lot of Navy Officers. God knew better than my plans because I am very grateful to be mostly left to my design projects as opposed to the high pressure, competitiveness, stress, work place politics and the answering to big egos that I witness my Navy Officer colleagues enduring on a daily basis.

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 09:34:19 PM »
Heh, already touched in this in the other thread, which may have prompted this one.  
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2018, 10:22:45 PM »
still no soccer program at my high school

heck, didn't have football until 1974
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2018, 11:08:18 PM »
1919, 20, 21, 28, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 44
WWH: 1952, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75
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