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Letter from the EditorMany Diamonds in the Rough
by: Rex Lardner
© November 2005
The stories seem to be endless about football players that – when finally given a chance – blossom into becoming stars. On the high school, college, and professional levels, each year there are the second, third, and fourth stringers that, finally given a chance, perform almost heroically.
A few weeks ago that’s what happened in Baton Rouge. Tennessee’s back-up quarterback, Rick Clausen, came into the game midway through the second quarter and led the Volunteers to an improbable come from behind win over LSU, 30-27, in overtime. To make it even more incredible, Clausen – a few years ago – was a back-up quarterback for the Tigers. Without any playing time foreseen in the near future, he transferred to Tennessee. Even then, he was a third stringer and finally got his chance last year, primarily because of injury. A backup earlier ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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