SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: I'm a football junkie

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

It has been 38 years since I last played the game, but the images of teammates and coaches are as fresh today as they were when those games were played.

I can see my defensive line coach, Mike "Wild Man" Walker bouncing up and down the sidelines as he shouts words of encouragement to Dolphin players on both sides of the ball. And head coach, Jim Smith, is quickly calling plays, using an offensive lineman to relay the message in the huddle.

In my mind, quarterback Ronnie Busbee is throwing another long pass to Mort Deer. Ken Hardy is punishing tacklers as he carries the football from his tailback position and coming up with big hits on ball carriers from his spot at linebacker on defense.

Most sports writers I know prefer watching a game from the press box, but I want to be close to the action on the sidelines. I want to hear the plays that a coach calls; to see the raw emotion on players’ faces.

I love hearing Matt Brunson coach up the Baker Gators. And, from what I've seen, it will be equally enjoyable watching Crestview coach Tim Hatten motivate the Bulldogs.

Yes, I am a football junkie — a high school football junkie, who was first hooked on the game so long ago.

 



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