Sunday, February 19, 2006

We Must Say, It Takes Guts to Do This

Set your sports calendar for March 11. One of the year's biggest events is scheduled that day. Former USC tailback Anthony Davis is going to have gastric bypass surgery and the 90-minute procedure will be cybercast by the site Lite and Hope. Doing the play-by-play will be singer Carnie Wilson, who underwent the procedure in 1999 and also had it cybercast. Davis was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and is best remembered for his six-touchdown game against Notre Dame in 1972 and his return of the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in the 1974 game that ignited the Trojans to a 55-24 victory over the Fighting Irish. Davis, who did a signature knee dance after scoring a touchdown, weighed 175 pounds back then, but today he is full-bodied 280. He also suffers from sleep apnea, which is connected to his weight problems. "Reggie White had sleep apnea and was overweight, and when he died, that was a wake-up call for me," said Davis, who was runner-up to Ohio State's Archie Griffin in the 1974 Heisman Trophy voting.

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