Saints How many of you played or coached football (High School, College or Pro)? (5 Viewers)

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Played high school in Colorado Springs. Defensive End primarily. Wasn’t a starter. Varsity my junior and senior year. We won the league my senior year but got bounced first round of the playoffs. Wish I had committed more to it but it was still a great experience that taught me a lot of strength and resiliency.
 

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Played high school at EJ late 80s, early 90s. Various coaching stints at high schools(Capital HS in Boise, Vicksburg HS, N. Desoto HS in Desoto Parish, Huntington HS Southwood HS and Evangel in Shreveport) and colleges(Northwestern St in Natchitoches and Washington State).
 

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Play Pop Warner from age 9 through 14, to Small for high school ball so I got on the soccer team at Bonable and we were pretty good all the way to state championship against East Jefferson, PlayEd our championship game inside the dome, And won. Join the Navy in 77 and when I reported to my duty station in San Francisco my ship had a football team, I’m talking pads and helmets the real thing and we would schedule games against other ships. But the game that stands out for me the most is when we scheduled a football game against the prisoners and San Quinton prison, this was probably the most surreal experience I’ve ever had. When we walked in through the courtyard I noticed the machine gun tariffs on each corner and then we had to walk into the gym to get to the dressing rooms and everywhere you looked all you saw was weightlifters and I’m telling you there wasn’t a small guy in the bunch and you can just imagine what their football team look like. They were about 38 players on the Navy team,And the morning of the game only 18 of us showed up so Yours truly had to play offense and defense, and sometimes special-teams. We got creamed.
 

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I played for a year when I was 11. Team even got to play in the Dome.
But I've coached middle school (6-8 grade) for the past 10 years or so. We run a scaled down version of what our high school runs on offense. QB only takes snaps in the Pistol and we run a modified RPO. This was the first year we had a QB that could truly "read" the defense and make the RPO decision by watching the DE. Pretty impressive for a 7th grader. Luckily he was a big Saints fan so I told him to really pay attention when Taysom was in and see if he thought he made the right call. We had great football discussions on Mondays when we got back to school.
 

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I went to a small high school that had a great basketball team, but no football team. It made me a fan of basketball, which I enjoy to this day, but football has always been my favorite sport. I would have certainly tried to play if it would have been available.
 

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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
My coach would cheer and whack us on the helmet and tell us that's the way to play.
 

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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
Funny because I believe it’s true. Concussion protocol used to be “how many fingers am I holding up” and “what day is it?” I wouldn’t even know where to begin on the number of concussions I had while playing. I know for a good 10 or 12 years after I stopped playing, I had constant headaches, sudden loss of balance, extreme mood swings, and would often forget what I was talking about in mid-sentence. It was so bad that I knew it wasn’t normal but you feel trapped and it’s kind of perceived as weak to blame it on concussions.
 

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I played football in middle school and first two years of high school. I loved football and had a deep passion for the game but I was not a gifted athlete and a foot condition caused chronic injuries that made every attempt to play in any consistent way a fruitless endeavor.

I walked away from football in the summer before 11th grade (28 years ago) and Im still dealing with accumulated injuries I got during my playing days.
 

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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.
I coach fast pitch also. Hoping my daughter gets to play with Beth at LSU in 2 years
 

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