SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: All about teammates

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM.

There's an old black and white photo on my Facebook page that was was taken 40 years ago this fall. I was somewhat younger and weighed about half of what I now weigh.

In fact, the photo is the Gulf Breeze High School 1974 football team photo.

Some of my coaches and teammates in that photo have passed away. In my mind, those coaches are still strong young men and those teammates are fuzzy-faced kids with worlds to conquer.

I've been thinking a lot about those guys the last few days as spring football started last week. Two teammates in that photo, Ken Hardy and Mort Deer, were my best friends in high school and remain the very best of friends today.

I still see other teammates from time to time at ball games or class reunions. I'm Facebook friends with a lot of the guys and friends with other teammates' wives not on Facebook.

And then there is a group of guys that I look at their once familiar faces and try to recall a name or when I last saw them. Time has a way of rushing past and covering memories with passing years.

The youngest of those teammates will turn 55 this year. Those old friendships and team bonds seem even more special now that we are all closer to the end than the beginning of the journey.

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