Tag Archives: Football

Hands

A football in my hands is worth about $20.A football in Tom Brady’s hands is worth about $15 million.It depends on whose hands it’s in. A basketball in my hands is worth about $25. A basketball in Shaquille O’Neal’s hands is worth about $30 million. It depends on whose hands it’s in. …

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Why Athletes Can’t Have Regular jobs

1. 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.” 2. New Orleans Saints RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season:  “I want to rush for 1,000 …

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Goodell uses his story to inspire graduates

Published Sunday, May 30, 2010 LOWELL, Mass. - Roger Goodell sent 40 letters to the NFL office in New York City looking for a job in 1981. Forty rejections came back. But more letters to NFL headquarters followed, until one day a weary league executive invited him to "stop by when you're in the neighborhood." "I told him I was in the neighborhood," recalled Goodell, who then drove all night from Pittsburgh to New York City to apply for what was supposed to be a three-month internship. Twenty-five years later, Goodell was appointed to his dream job: commissioner of the National Football League.

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The Law of the Garbage Truck

-- By David J. Pollay How often do you let other peopleÔÇÖs nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless youÔÇÖre the Terminator, youÔÇÖre probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of your success is how quickly you can refocus on whatÔÇÖs important in your life. ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿ Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. And I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. HereÔÇÖs what happened.

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1971 Paul VI High School Football Team: United by the Impossible Dream

This true sports story, submitted by former coach Jack Bottinger, was inspired by the 1971 Paul VI High School football team.
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Sometimes while sitting doing nothing in these retirement years, our minds wander, and at times, recall events from the past that make us all tingly inside. I had one of those moments yesterday. These moments always seem to occur around the beginning of each new football season. I believe this was triggered by the oldie The Impossible Dream that was playing on the radio yesterday afternoon!

You may not get all tingly inside and emotional, but some of these football moments were very special to me, and of course, to the many folks involved at the time.

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Rudy Ruettiger of Notre Dame and movie Rudy visits school

High school hallway

Rudy Ruettiger of Notre Dame fame and the movie "Rudy" to speak at our School -- Why would he visit us? Read the story below to find out!

A trip to the University of Notre Dame became a annual event after the 2001 homeroom of 201 did it in grand style! (Find and read this inspiring story "Freshman Homeroom and the Notre Dame Trip of 2001" in the Education category.)

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The Essence of Life

The Essence of Life
By Jack Bottinger, retired football coach and teacher of 38 years

It was the change of class one winter day in 1996, and a group of school administrators were gathered in the hall having a chat. I was on my way to the copying room and heard Dennis Foreman, the principal, remark as I passed, “Let's ask Jack.” I paused and asked the group what was on their mind.

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What God Had Planned

-- By Frank Reich

As I warmed up my car on a cold Buffalo morning, I readied myself for a drive to Rich Stadium where I was to start my first NFL playoff game. This particular day, January 3, 1993, we were playing the Houston Oilers in an AFC wildcard game.

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