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      [Sport Spotlight]


      Growing up I had the pleasure of being peers with some of the greatest high school athletes of a generation. Robert Lavette who went on to be the all time leading rusher (football) for Georgia Tech --record still standing. The Henderson brothers: one (Skip) who went on to be the all time leading scorer (Basketball) for Marshall University --record still standing-- and the other (Keith) a ground gainer (football) for UGA who went on to win a Superbowl with the San Francisco 49'ers. And of course there was my classmate Eddie Lee Wilkens who set records at Garner Webb College and played professionally for the 76'ers and the Knicks. These are just a few of the kids I went to school with, or who attended the other local school, our rival. And I didn't even mention the female athletic standouts, like big Lisa O'Connor who dominated women's basketball at UGA, nor did I mention track and field stars like Dexter, my neighbor, who at 17 was mentioned in Sports Illustrated as one of the best HS decathletes in the nation his Olympic pursuits ended when he suffered a leg injury while attending Southern Illinois University.

      It's been a long time since those names drew praise and won many trophies and scholarships. Since then many other athletes, young men and women, have worn either the purple and gold (Hurricanse) or the Blue and Gold (Colonels --my Alma Mata). Some have won at state others of them have gone on to national recognition and pro careers, like Andre Fluellen (Detroit Lions) and Ronnie Brown (Miami Dolphins, he the Wild Cat originator). But, an even bigger talent has come along and may make the accomplishment of my generational peers seem small, he may be the greatest hometown athlete ever. Some say he may become the best ever at his position. Trevor Lawrence, former Hurricane, now Clemson Tiger freshman starting QB, MVP and National Champion. The local folks, this day, are basking in your glow young man. As I said two years ago to members of an online sports group I'm a member of, this young kid just maybe the next Joe Montana ...he is that good. And like all of the local athletes that came before him he has one thing in common with them, the first thing his college coach said about him when he got to campus is "he is very mature for his age". The same was said of all the other kids from our community too, "very mature for their age", when it was their time. There is something in the water here, it hydrates talent.

      Congrats Trevor. The older generation is keeping an eye on you!


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          Dajuan Candle
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          Wall Street Journal sports runs an outrageous/ridiculous headline about the possible future of Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who led his team to the college playoffs and winning the national championship. The headline reads "Why Trevor Lawrence should sit out the next two years".

          What?

          He should not even bother to play another college game. Just wait until he is NFL eligible. For real?

          I know that in a few years, barring injury and other stuff, the young man will be the overall number one draft pick and has the potential to become a top 5 NFL quarterback, but to say that his prospects are so good that he, after only starting 11 college games, should consider his college career complete as a freshman? Next up, go directly to the pros. That is really saying something. The only football player I ever though could go directly to the NFL straight out of high school was Herschel Walker. But for Brian Costa of the WSJ to say that this kid, Lawrence, could do that after one year of college, if the rules allowed is saying something extra-extra-extra special about the young man. And I, with hometown bias, thought I might be tooting his whistle too loud.

          Like with all of its articles the WSJ doesn't place a complete copy of their stories online. All you get is an opening paragraph. So if you want to read it you will have to subscribe. I wrote this just to mention the outrageous/ridiculous headline. It has many sports enthusiast clicking the bait though. lol

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              Denice Patrick
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              Yeah, that is a bit much. But he has the goods. The kid broke just about every state high school record that ever existed.

              As a high school freshman, his junior team mate and then starting quarterback voluntarily stepped aside and gave up his starting position in deference to the rare talents of the then 14 year old. Next thing you know reporters from across the country were wanting to know more about the kid and colleges from coast to coast, you name'em, were knocking on his door. As a junior, he had had enough of being hounded and chose Clemson. He could have skipped his senior year in public school, but he chose to play with his team --The Purple Hurricanes and go after a third title in a row. Surprisingly after three years they finally lost a game ...one, if not for bad officiating, they should have won. Well, you can't win'em all.

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                  RealAmerican
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                  State politics have nothing to do with the game. The players on the teams are from all over America, blue and red states. Hell, the Alabama QB is all the way from Hawaii.

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