4 results for month: 10/2011


Eugene Robinson: A Big Hit

October 25, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson Like many football players of his generation, Eugene Robinson couldn't stand the word no. Not when they told him he was too small, not when they told him he didn't have an impressive college pedigree and not when they told him that he was no longer good enough. Eugene Robinson defied the odds many times during a 16-year NFL career. While he takes pride in being one of the few players to go from non-scholarship Colgate University to the starting lineup of an NFL team, the thing that he remembers most about his career is how he won back the starting job that was once taken away. Robinson did it in typical ...

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Sherman Smith: The Lie

By Scott M. Johnson Sherman Smith grew up in a house of big shadows, in an area of low expectations, and in a time of racial injustice. It was precisely the kind of situation that would make most young African-Americans like him aim for attainable targets. And that's just what Smith did in his teenage years. During the tail end of the civil rights movement, while growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, in the late 1960s and early 70s, Smith convinced himself that the best thing life had to offer him was a modest job at the local steel mill. That's what his father, John Thomas "J.T." Smith did, and that's what most other kids in the Midwestern town ...

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Josh Brown: Mr. Clutch

October 11, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson From an early age, Josh Brown learned that sports were not only a great outlet, but also a way to stand above the crowd. Brown had more athletic ability than most of his peers as well as a rare gift for delivering in the clutch. His first game-winning moment came at the age of 12, when he nailed a buzzer-beating, three-point shot on the basketball court while playing for a team called the Whitney Bears. He hit similar game-winners on the soccer field and the baseball diamond and delivered in the clutch again while he won back-to-back state titles in the high jump. But Josh Brown's ability to thrive ...

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Joe Nash: One of the Gang

October 4, 2011 By Scott M. Johnson Joe Nash learned the importance of teamwork at an early age. He was born into a family that already had eight kids, and the Nashes eventually added four more. With 12 siblings, Joe Nash was part of a team throughout his entire childhood. "In large families," he said, "you've got to be a team player." That philosophy would be the key to a career that went on longer than anyone – even Nash himself – could possibly expect. Nash was the kind of player who didn't put up big statistics or earn many awards. He was, quite simply, the kind of player that got the most out of his ability and made everyone ...

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