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  • Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

    Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve had an unusual or comical “brush” with an NFL player? Here is my very minor brush:

    On a flight from New Orleans to LA after SB 36, an announcement came over the loud speaker before takeoff that an instrument was being repaired, no big deal, it would only take a few minutes. A guy comes back from first class sporting a gold chain with “87” on it. It’s none other than Saint receiver Joe Horn and he’s telling a woman in front of me that he doesn’t think he can stay on the plane because of the instrument problem. He goes back to first class and a few minutes after that, a stewardess comes over and tells the woman, who turns out to be Horn’s mother, that he got off the plane because he was afraid to take the flight. His mom asks the stewardess if Joe would feel better if he came and sat next to her, to which the stewardess said, “he left the plane and he's gone”. Mom and about five other people get up and get off the plane.

    Joe Horn, what a guy. Sits in first class but makes his mom sit in coach, bolts from the plane ‘cause he’s scared, then leaves his family behind! Class all the way. But then again, this is the same guy who hid a cell phone in the goal post padding for a possible MNF touchdown celebration stunt, then could barely find it when he did score. I wonder if he was calling his mom?

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    Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

    A few years back, I was at the DMV in Ft. Lauderdale to renew my driver's license. As is typical, the line was very long and you had to take a number.

    When I was about 5 numbers away from being called, this really big guy walks in, gets a number, and starts loudly complaining about the wait. After grumbling quite loudly for several minutes, he asks the room "who wants to sell me their number?"

    Curious... I tell him my number is almost up and ask how much he'd give me to trade with him. He says $20. I laugh and say (thinking he'll respond by saying "no way") "it will take at least $50." Without hesitating, the big guy pulls out two twentys and a ten and hands it to me. I make the exchange.

    After the big guy leaves, another person there comes up to me and asks "don't you know who that was?"

    I say that I don't, and he says "it was Tony Siragusa. He's a pro football player who just signed a big contract with the Colts."

    My reply... "I should have held out for $100!"

    True story.

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    • #3
      Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

      I have two brushes.

      One was with John Riggins of the Washington Redskins. I was drinking in a local little dive in Virginia called the Vienna Inn many years ago and Riggins and a couple of good looking women were at the table next to us. They were having a good ol time and we checked them out for a while but never interfered since it seemed rude. After a bit, they left in a nice sports car. I think it was a corvette. Riggins had quite the drinking reputation back then.

      Second brush is with Nick Sorensen. I was at his brother's New Years Eve party a couple of years ago. Nick came to the party and I got to talk to him about the Rams and football in general. He was very cool, laid back, and down to earth. He loved the Rams and was very happy to be living his dream of playing in the NFL.

      And the funny bit to this brush, is that towards the end of the party, Nick and his brother and some others were sitting in the hot tub and I tried to talk to his brother and his brother blew me off. I got irritated and decided it was time to leave. I am getting my coat and here comes Nick, dripping and wet, charging up the stairs pretty darn close to NAKED. I took one look at that body and I PANICKED, so I did what seemed right at the moment and openly flirted with another guy in front of him. I never got to hear whatever he was going to say to me.

      How about that? I am the kind of idiot who turns away from Nick Sorensen. I'll bet that doesn't happen, to someone who looks like he does, very often.
      :redface:
      Needless to say, that night did not fade from my memory and he is the reason that I showed up here to support the Rams.
      But they cut him, and he is gone, and I am still here. Life is funny.
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        Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

        Great stories so far. joe horn sounds like a no-class jerk. Not surprising that siragusa is as loud as he is fat.

        I don't have any brushes....oh wait I think I do have a couple paint brushes and......oh, nevermind.




        Originally posted by UtterBlitz
        How about that? I am the kind of idiot who turns away from Nick Sorensen. I'll bet that doesn't happen, to someone who looks like he does, very often.
        Trust me, it happens all the time. Once they find out I'm married they not only turn away they run away....LOL

        :redface:

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          Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

          During the 2002 nfl playoffs, i was at an atlanta hawks game. It was the night the falcons were playing green bay so the place was practically empty. I was sitting 7 rows from the court and just after tipoff a very large guy sits in front of me with his family. I turned to my buddy and said I swear to you that is Torry Holt.

          Not wanting to invade his privacy until i was 100% sure it was him (my friend thought it really didnt look like him), i waited until halftime. The hawks mascot is shooting t shirts into the crowd. One comes right towards us, i reach over the railing, make a one handed grab and throw my hands up in the air and yell "Touchdown Torry Holt," whereupon he turns around, gives me an enormous smile and wags his tongue at me.

          On my way out, i said hi to him and told him I was a huge rams fan and that we needed him to have a big year this year. I did not mention to him that Isaac Bruce is my favorite rams receiver!

          Great experience, something i will always remember.

          ramming speed to all

          Sign The Big Man

          general counsel

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          • #6
            Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

            :offtopic:
            Originally posted by Ferter
            Trust me, it happens all the time. Once they find out I'm married they not only turn away they run away....LOL
            ferter you need to post a picture so that we can take a look at you. I am curious now. Don't be shy.
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            • #7
              Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

              Wow, those are some great stories, guys. I've only seen an NFL player once outside of a game, but that was Cory Schlesinger, and I doubt you know who he is. :tongue:

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                Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                Originally posted by Evil Disco Man
                Wow, those are some great stories, guys. I've only seen an NFL player once outside of a game, but that was Cory Schlesinger, and I doubt you know who he is. :tongue:
                Wasn't he a FB/TE with the Lions?
                The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                  Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                  My best friend is a lions fan and i watch all the lions games with him when the rams arent on. I think schlesinger is terrific and would love to have him on the rams. Great fb/h back.

                  ramming speed to all

                  general counsel

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                    Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                    Originally posted by HUbison
                    Wasn't he a FB/TE with the Lions?
                    Correctomundo!

                    Originally posted by general counsel
                    My best friend is a lions fan and i watch all the lions games with him when the rams arent on.
                    Well, maybe he'd be interested to know that Mr. Schlesinger is planning to retire after this season. Just a little inside info. ;)

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                      Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                      I've had a couple run-in's...

                      Ran into Damione Lewis with his girlfriend in the underwear section at the Macomb Walmart (I was walking through, of course)

                      Ran into John St. Clair and his beautiful Cadillac Escalade at a Macomb gas station.

                      Then Miami linebacker Derrick Rodgers asked me to take his picture with the Lawrence Taylor bust in the NFL Hall of Fame -- I obliged.

                      I litteraly "ran" into the legs of then Michigan head coach Bo Schembeckler(sp?) when I was about 10 years old.

                      Doug Flutie was sitting 2 rows infront of me at a CFL game in Hamilton, Ontario, watching his brother, who played reciever.

                      When I was at the NFL Hall of Fame in 1996 (I was 11 years old), it was enshrinment weekend and the Colts and Saints were playing in the HOF Game. I didn't know TOO much about football at that point, but by my fathers advice became a Marshall Faulk fan on the day he was drafted. So, with a pen and paper in hand, I went looking, but had no idea what to look for. I stood outside the building, among a crown, yelling and asking my father "Which ones Faulk?" over and over, until Marshall saw me and said "I am", and signed an autograph. Kind of a cool moment for an 11 year old kid!

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                        Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                        Originally posted by r8rh8rmike
                        Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve had an unusual or comical “brush” with an NFL player?
                        I've had 1-1/2 brushes.

                        The first (aka, the 1/2), occured when, for the Rampagers mailing list, I located and scheduled an interview with Eric the Great, who lives a few miles from my home. After contacting him, he agree to the interview, and I was to meet him there at his house, but something came up and he couldn't make it. Called him back, but never heard from him again.

                        The second was on a trip out to St. Louis for a bash. On the flight over, I struck up a short conversation with an older black gentleman in the row directly in front of mine. Very congenial, he said he hadn't been to St. Louis in a while, but he had "business" there that weekend.

                        After we landed, and were taxiing to the gate, the stewardess came over the intercom asking for "Mr. Paul Younger" to make himself known. The gentleman I was talking to stood up and went forward.

                        It was after this that I realized I had been talking to Tank Younger, Rams running back extraordinaire from the 1950's. That Sunday, Tank was enshrined in the ring of honor encircling the dome.

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                          Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                          I knew this group would have some great stories! There MUST be more.

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                            Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                            Here's another one I almost forgot...

                            I was watching a movie with my wife, and there was this guy who was talking to his wife or girlfriend during the first 20 minutes of the movie non-stop. I finally got fed up and gave him a big "Shhhhh!!!"

                            He kept talking and finally I lost it and stood up, turned around toward him and said "Shut the Hell up or I'm coming over there and shutting you up!"

                            A minute of silence passed, and then I heard from behind me the distict sound of sobbing. Apparently, I had frightened this guy so much that he was reduced to tears. I felt a little bit bad, but I decided not to do anything else because I wanted to see the movie.

                            When the movie ended and the lights came up, I turned to leave, and was shocked to see who the whimpering man was...Deacon Jones.

                            Apparently, he's not as tough as the legends would have us believe.















                            Okay, so I made that all up.

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                              Re: Do You Have An NFL Player “Brush With Greatness” Story?

                              Great stories thus far. I really only have one to contribute.

                              I must have been about ten or eleven, around that age, at the time. I was at some small concert with my mom, and it was a rock band that was playing way too loud for my ears. So we started to leave and as we walked through the vending area toward the exit, we saw Jeff Hostetler. I went up with my ticket stub and asked him for an autograph and he said sure. Then he said something along the lines of, "This Super Bowl ring is too heavy for me to wear while I'm signing this. Can you hold it for me?" So the guy gives me his Super Bowl ring while he's signing the autograph, and of course I'm trying it on and stuff. Then we make the trade and we're gone. Great guy.

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