Saints How many of you played or coached football (High School, College or Pro)? (3 Viewers)

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Played since I was 7 through high school WR, KR, CB.
My dad just retired and was a coach at the high school level since 1977 so plenty of knowledge thankfully passed down there, and I ref high school now for the last 5 years on the Northshore.
 

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My high school football career lasted about an hour, but I have watched all levels since before there were Super Bowls and I am the size of an NFL defensive tackle. Does that count? :ezbill:
Me too. At Jesuit, the only way to get out of detention, which it seemed like I had everyday - lol - was to play varsity sports. I tried football for a week and the coach mercifully told me to focus on basketball and baseball. My pro ball childhood fantasies got crushes!

And I noticed that a lot of the football lockers appeared like they had been chewed on, and these were thick, heavy hard metal. I aksed one of my buddies on the team and he said that was exactly teeth marks. Apparently it was kind of a tradition after wins. For some reason, that made me want to really play basketball - lol
 

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Freshman year, I played at Mt. Carmel HS in Chicago with Donavon McNabb and Simeon Rice... both were complete studs on another level entirely.
Played through HS but injured my knee... a bad knee injury derailed my career as I was already lacking speed and it only made things worse.
Coached my entire adult life... football, baseball, and now fast pitch softball.
I love the game of football, but I enjoy coaching the girls and fast pitch softball the most of any sport.
 

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Played DT in high school. We stunk. I had fun but I can remember too many times that I woke up on the field not remembering what happened. That makes me wish that I hadn't played.
lmao - Yes, in our days, the high school coaches treated concussions like a stinger and the minute you could count 3-fingers, you were back in. At least that was the way it was in basketball and baseball.

I was pitching in a game and got beamed by a laser shot like drive. The coaches came out and talked to me. I knew my name so he gave me the ball back to continue pitching. I still don't remember the last few innings. I know we won that game and we didn't win many so I guess the story is that I pitched better when I was freakin clueless -lol
 

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Played Jr High at Slidell Jr. High, WR and CB/S. During tryouts the coach said "You're one fast**s white-boy" and I made the team for that reason. Given the current times that probably wouldn't go over well as a comment. Played freshman football at SHS same positions, but was a little bigger so started to see some DE, especially during the following spring practices. During spring practice freshman year, my dad had a massive heart attack, couldn't work anymore and required a heart transplant so I quit football and started working to support myself at 14. That was the end of high school football for me. Years later (2001) in the AF, I made the Okinawa Giants team as a LB, but had suffered a knee injury in softball tournament so I never saw any playing time and my TDY schedule at the time didn't allow for me to play the rest of the time I was in Okinawa (2003). In 2009, I played for the Yokota Warriors at LG. Funny thing is, although I was 225-230lbs at the time, I was still faster than many of our skill position players. That didn't last long as I was injured on a cheap shot late hit in the second half of the first game and ended up with a 4-5" spiral fracture of my fibula and ripped a chunk of bone off the bottom of my tibia. I was at Misawa AB in northern Japan when it happened, so I ended up walking on if for about 8 hours including a 3-hour bullet train ride back to Tokyo and subway ride back to Yokota before going to the ER. I posted on here back then when it happened, but it sucked and it was about a year before I could walk/run without pain. I was not able to play the next year due to a deployment to Iraq and I left Yokota to go back to Korea in 2011. They say the base tackle football teams in Japan are about semi-pro level and it is probably pretty close. Many of the guys played HS, some college, arena league or some even higher so there was a wide range of talent on each team.

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During my AF career I also played many years of intramural flag football and coached our team that won a base championship the year I got hurt playing tackle football earlier that year.
 
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I marched in the band. But how many football players you know can play flight of the bumblebee in the second octave? I played flag football in the Air Force but we lost the championship game against the Logistics squad. Back then I could throw a football over them mountains.
Fellow band nerd here. And I can tell you not many humans, much less football players, can play the national anthem on first-chair clarinet. The notes are higher than Morstead's punts ;)

Had some darned competitive flag football games in elementary school on the Westbank, though. My bony little arms kept me at WR. Catching passes kept me on the good side of all the bigger kids!
 

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PA Knights by any chance? I remember facing Chris McIver on a few snaps as a punt team gunner and he absolutely stoned me at the LOS. He was an excellent DB there and I believe one of two American DBs on the team that year who absolutely stood out on every play we saw on tape or on game day.
No I played for the Norwich Devils. Now I think of it, he went to Ipswich the year after & then to the PA Knights after that, would have been 2002 when he played for Norwich. Who did you play for?
 

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No I played for the Norwich Devils. Now I think of it, he went to Ipswich the year after & then to the PA Knights after that, would have been 2002 when he played for Norwich. Who did you play for?
Yeah, makes sense. I would have probably seen him in 2004 playing for Bristol Aztecs. Chances are I played one or two games against Norwich around the same time, I remember the home team players putting up the posts on game day while we warmed up!

I played Bristol (Aztecs), also coached one local university team (UWE), founded and ran the other (University of Bristol), and later coached the second Bristol adult team (Apache).
 

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Played Jr & Sr year in HS for Oakdale. JV Def Cpt., Var Co-Def Cpt.

Starting LS, backup OL at all positions, backup DL at all positions, starting NG & MLB. Started kickoff, kick return, punt, & punt return teams as well. Old Iron man ball. 😆

Sr year we had Oakdale's first winning season in 25yrs! We went 8-8 🤣🤣

Also red shirt-ed a summer camp at La Tech before Basic Training, but my knee just wasn't the same after an injury at Sr Homecoming game in HS.

Skip to 50, off work to have my "first" knee scope to reattach cartilage to bone. Fun times 🤣🤣

Still miss it 😪
 

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