Tag: football

Henry Harris and James Owens

“Our history is our history.” The statement poured from my mouth as I talked to one of my good friends, an Auburn University alumnus about Auburn University athletic integration pioneers, Henry Harris and James Owens.  “Who,” you may ask, as you were not around then, or your memory doesn’t extend back that far.  Let me… Read more »

Coaches

There are many coaches to thank for a college football career that helped propel me to later careers as a professional actor, writer, and communication consultant. Richard Porter, my high school basketball coach, guided me through the physical fundamentals of sports and the emotional experience of integration in the 1960s at John Carroll High School… Read more »

The Football Season – Part 2 “I’m not Really Into it like that!”

Bryan, the truck operator for the lawn and pest control company, arrives for his monthly treatment of the lawn. He’s been coming now for about 5 years. He wears his customary, dirty, oil stained Alabama Crimson Tide cap pulled tightly and low on his head. The cap is old, worn and he is never without… Read more »

Football Season

It’s football season! The flags will be flying, notes will be passed in mailboxes, a family will skillfully navigate a football rivalry, and hopefully my next-door neighbor will disappear back into the witness protection program. Let me explain. College football season is special in the south. It brings out the child in many of us.… Read more »

One Yard From Glory

One yard. A big giant step. One yard and your life changes. One yard from glory. Former ballplayers have the best stories. The good talkers can take an incident from a game many years ago and make it the centerpiece of speeches that they give long after they have finished playing. The “formers,” can be… Read more »