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Who Among us has Actually Played Football?

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by ARMAGEDDON EAGLE, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

    ARMAGEDDON EAGLE Benched

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    I thought it would be interesting to learn about fans on this site that have actually played on the "grid-iron," have possibly played with an NFL player (in High School, College, or in any other capacity).

    While I played football throughout my life, I actually played semi-pro ball in the U.S. Air Force, while stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, and Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England (RAF Chicksands, RAF Lakenheath, RAF Alconbury and RAF Upperhafford were the other teams). I played for Mildenhall.

    Name of Team: Mildenhall Mauraders

    Team Colors: Maroon and Gold

    My Number: 44

    My Position: Tail Back

    My Nickname (Dn't even try to guess) :cool:

    Most memorable event: The coach caught me doing an exercise incorrectly.
    He decided to make me the example in front of the entire team; offense and defense. I was told to do 100 grass drills.

    Side Bar: Those of you who have played football before probabLy kniow that grass drills is an exercise where you run in-place (chopping them), Until the coach blows the whistle. Once the whistle Blows, you Immediately open your arms and legs (in a spread Eagle position) like you are about to take flight, and drop down onto the ground. If done correctly, the trunk of your body will Hit the ground with enough force, that you should bounce back up Onto your feet. This action is repeated until told otherwise.

    Continuation of the event ...After I had completed 30 or 40 grass drills, a voice among my team rang out of nowhere -- it was the team captain, who played middle linebacker (monster man). Luke said "What kind of team would let ___________(my nickname) do all those grass drills. While I could have done them all, really made me feel like part of the team -- and I'll never forget what Luke did for me!

    I cannot express the cohesiveness you obtain as member of a football team (probably the same for most sports).

    I played with players that had previously played in the NFL, and some who left the military, went back to college and later played In the NFL. I couldn't tell you their names, but I do Know that there's nothing like seeing how hard some of those running backs hit those holes -- it's incrdibly fast and hard!

    Most Hated Play: The "41 - Pop!" This play means that the half-back (any time the Qb says "4" the 41-pop, the 41 Veer, the 41 slant, left-side QB option ... it means the Half-back gets the ball!), goes right up the Middle. Now Unless you have a good offensive line blocking their tails off for you, that also means you could meet a nasty looking LB -- that's not fun!

    Anyway, has anyone else ever played football? :cool:
  2. slimpud

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    LOL!!!!! i think its personallly funny that all these 40 + year old message board members try to recall memories of the "good ol" days. sitting behind there computers remembering events, saying stuff like "you kids have it easy now-a-days"... hahahahahah....sitting back giving urself major props when all of us are like "yea sureee..whatever grandpa"...
  3. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    Your comments may apply to a lot more people on this site than you think -- but I can assure you that it hasn't been that very long ago for me. But it sure doesn't appear to be many fans on this site that have experienced football themselves. Hmmm, that's interesting ... Categories of football fans.

    Now, have you ever played football? Maybe a stand-up comedian?
    Are you really even interested in football? :confused:
  4. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

    ARMAGEDDON EAGLE Benched

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    I cannot believe that no one out of all of you knowlegeable NFL team fans, has not Played the game of football (tackle not flag or two-hand touch)!

    Here's what I must assume at this juncture ...

    Out of the twenty-three people that have read this post (one joker fan),

    either no one has ever played football

    if you did, you don't want to let anyone know?!?! (that's whack)

    perhaps you didnt make the first team.

    you haven't read this post yet

    ...or you just don't feel it's worth responding to. But let me know one way or the other. By the way, don't feel bad if you didn't play the game, it's not any easy game to play -- and it very tough :cool:
  5. tiller77

    tiller77 New Member

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    I played football in high school and one year in college until i hurt my knee.
    I was all state OL on the same all state team as Thomas Jones (bears)who we also played against his team in the playoffs 3 straight years with us winning the first year and them winning the next 2. His lil bro Julius (cowboys)was a freshman when i was a senior when we played them. Our qb also held the state rec for TD passes for a career and had it broken by ronald curry (raiders).
  6. Tio

    Tio Armchair QB

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    This has been the first year Ive played any football, tackling. Im afraid I made the decision that can stunt my pro career;) . I wanted to play mlb and wr. I was a litlle slow for WR and I lack the instincts to play lb(i want to be a de now). I do however, have great hands(don't even try to crack a joke). Ive been moved to te, where there is both a 5'9 and 6'0 freaks of nature(I am lucky to break 5'0) that have been playing that position for weeks. Two linemen quit, and I find myself being a lt, and I am just too small for that. So I find myself, only getting on the field on special teams, oh how it could be different if I didn't want the glamour position...
  7. Bizwah

    Bizwah Well-Known Member

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    You haven't received a whole lot of replies to this thread because we've done this same topic three or four different times.

    It's no knock on you........you're relatively new here. But many of us have played football before.
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Agreed...it has been done many times in the past.

    I just wish the QC posts would fade away after all of the same old crap being rehashed over and over.
  9. DallasCowpoke111

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    RAF semi-pro "football" !!!!!!!???? ..... uhhhh, wouldn't that be called SOCCER!!??

    BTW, if you guys were the "Marauders," what were the nicknames of some of the other teams in this powerhouse league...
    The Alconbury Yellow Toothed-Adulterers, or the Lakenheath Pompous Know-It-Alls??
  10. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    No jokes today, only repsect for someone who played the game. Because I know any boy can be a fan, but it takes a man to play football!

    It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters -- it's the fight in dog the matters in a fight!

    Especially a defensive player. :cool:
  11. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    Now that's intreresting! I hate it when injuries occur. I remember the play that I was injured on as though it was yesterday. Forty-one sweep left! As the Line Pulled left, so did the defensive line. Instead of goIng out to the end, I was lured into making an early cut right into an LB. Everything was fine until I realized that he was twisting my foot even though I was already on the ground. All of a sudden, a sharp pain shot straight up through to my lower back. I was in rehab for two-weeks. I had to watch all of the other running backs make plays while I couldn;t even dress up for the game. That's torture! So I know how you must have felt when you injured your knee.

    Sounds like you played with soMe players who made the pros. Did you ever meet up with them after they made the NFL? :cool:
  12. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    True, I'm relatively newish, but a simple acknowledgement (like yours), is only a common courtesy.

    What position did you play (you don't have to answer if you're tired of people asking that same question)? :cool:
  13. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    Since this is not the talk smack zone, I won't tell you to ask one of your family members to tell you how the chicksands chickens got their name. I'll just "lol" and tell you that playing football will put hair on your sllab! Now go back to skipping rope -- or roping skip!

    Hope that wasn't too harsh on you. :cool:
  14. tiller77

    tiller77 New Member

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    yeah i remember the exact time i got hurt also!! Mine was during a damn lineman drill offense vs. defense no glory i got hurt in practice haha!!
    As far as seeing those guys after they made it into the NFL nope i haven't seen them in a couple of years since Thomas was in college.
  15. tiller77

    tiller77 New Member

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    yeah i remember the exact time i got hurt also!! Mine was during a damn lineman drill offense vs. defense no glory i got hurt in practice haha!!
    As far as seeing those guys after they made it into the NFL nope i haven't seen them in a couple of years since Thomas was in college.

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  16. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    For the benefit of those who have not played the game this will be an education; for those who have played the game, tell me if this is "on point!"

    Winning the game makes a big difference in the locker room dialogue after a game ...

    Winning the Game:

    Everyone is hyped, eager to take a shower and get out there to celebrate and brag about the win. Even the players who rode the bench are excited, because usually they got to play if the game isn't close or critical. This is the time that players talk much smack, towels are snapped at each other, accolades are thrown around, dreams of going all the way are created, and the coach is In a good mood! In England, during the games, we had barbeques -- after the Games we would party at the Airforce base club; the Galaxy (I tell you the placed "rocked" especially when we won); ladies everywhere! We were treated like kings!

    Losing the Game:

    The Locker room is not the place to be when we lost a game. Players are usually moping around pissed! Occasionally, someone will slam their football shoulder pads or helmet against a metal locker of the wall, shouts of explicatives, and other foul obscenities. Blame and criticism will start to surface and minor skirmishes could breakout. Then there's the impending "You ladies didn't play worth a F___" speech by the coach, who's normally pissed off also. It's almost like getting beat twice! Of course we still have the party at the club, and were normally consoled by the ladies.

    General Locker Room atmosphere:

    Tapes, ace bandages, red hot atomic bomb (that's an ointment applied to sore areas of the body (wouldn't advise using for a groin strain) :eek:
    Once all the preliminary stuff is out of the way, then comes the hype up noise! Hitting each Others pads, Hollering, and anything to kick up the andrenaline. Thee locker room is no place for the shy or timid person. Leave your thin skin at home and get ready for intimidation, and humiliation!

    Dayam, that's the life! That's where friends/brothers are forged forever!
  17. Tio

    Tio Armchair QB

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    Whats the point of this? Getting recognition that you played football?
  18. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    :D You're pretty perceptive!
  19. ARMAGEDDON EAGLE

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    Sure that's what your perspective is; another perspective is that the point is that you didn't! Because if you did you'd realize that football is a Team sport!
    Up to now, the only thing I got out of this is nostalgia. But now that I know this is bothering you ... :eek:
  20. Tio

    Tio Armchair QB

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    ? It seems you want people to be impressed about the fact you played football...

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