Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Your Life After Playing Football
So, you want to be a football player, eh? Maybe you want your son to play. Then you need to read this story, written in 1992 by Robert Carmichael, an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. Carmichael grew up playing football and eventually earned a scholarship to Colorado. Then his world was shattered by a knee injury that ended his playing career. "The moment I lost my knee to the game I was forced to examine who I was and what I wanted from life. ... No longer a football player, I had to adjust to a normal life. Suddenly there were no tutors giving me answers to tests, no doors automatically opening. After a lifetime of special privileges, real life came as a shock." It's a gripping piece, as Carmichael recounts a 25-year reunion of the 1967 Bluebonnet Bowl team, which was honored at halftime of a game. "They wanted us to run out onto the field. I used to love to run, but I gave it up when I was 33 because it aggravated the arthritis in my knee. As we trotted out to midfield, I wondered if it was as hard on the others as it was for me." The Wiz was fortunate enough to get a copy of this piece, which ran in the L.A. Times, and you can read it by clicking on comments below this post.
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