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High School Glory Days.... my but they end quickly....

June 29, 2019 06:01AM
Brandon... he is one year older than my oldest grandson. He and my grandson were quite the WR duo in HS. Lot of exciting moments. In Brandon's senior year he caught a playoff game winning 47yd TD pass as the final gun sounded during the play. It was perhaps the most exciting win in Kerman's sports history.

2 years later my grandson and Brandon teamed up once again at Reedley J.C.... but Brandon seemed to have lost the 'eye of the tiger'. Competition at Reedley was intense, and Brandon rode the bench most of the time.

Went to Walmart yesterday and ran into Brandon... he now works there, in the electronic department. He quit college. I stopped by to say hello. He knew my grandson was headed to Colorado to play. We talked about Sean, now Wyoming's starting QB and his QB in High School. He asked me if I could make him a DVD of the Taft game, (where he caught the game winning TD), which I did and will deliver to him later this morning.

Brandon is doing well... steady job... positive attitude.... but during our conversation it was easy to see that the loss of those 'glory days' played heavily on his mind.

So anyway... last night as I lay in bed semi-watching the old classic movie "To Catch A Thief" I got to thinking about a lot of those players, kids, that I had followed from playing as Mighty Mites thru their H.S. Senior Varsity year..... and today I know where very few of them are. I believe, (could be wrong), only 3 of them are still playing football, in college.

Tough thing to go thru, I think... from football hero, (or any sport), to 'just another guy/gal'. For me I had the Army that made that transition less traumatic.... but for Brandon, and the others... I think the sudden transition from running thru the giant inflatable Lion onto the football field to entering the back door of Walmart a very difficult one. - JamesJM

  High School Glory Days.... my but they end quickly....

JamesJM212June 29, 2019 06:01AM

  Seen it many many times

IowaRam63June 29, 2019 07:04AM

  Re: High School Glory Days.... my but they end quickly....

waterfield74June 29, 2019 09:51AM


JamesJM78June 29, 2019 09:58AM

  metaphorically speaking. . .

RAMbeau83June 29, 2019 06:09PM

  You're going to love this....

JamesJM92June 29, 2019 06:50PM

  You need to get the shirt........lol

IowaRam76June 30, 2019 06:26AM

  Re: You need to get the shirt........lol

RAMbeau71June 30, 2019 09:28AM

  I found it. . .

RAMbeau63June 30, 2019 12:48PM

  Oh boy Jimmy....

RAMbeau65June 30, 2019 09:21AM

  Yeah... but I dunno...

JamesJM55June 30, 2019 01:22PM

  NFL players with >4 TD's in a game....

JoeMad66July 02, 2019 08:05AM

  Re: NFL players with >4 TD's in a game....

zn64July 03, 2019 04:16PM

  Re: NFL players with >4 TD's in a game....

21Dog54July 03, 2019 08:39PM

  Mike Ditka had 4 against the Rams.. Warner had 4 too

JoeMad55July 04, 2019 03:44AM

  I really needed to read that a little more carefully

21Dog55July 04, 2019 05:20AM