Walter Payton was born in July 25, 1954. Son of Peter and Alyne Payton, Walter Payton was born in Colombia, Missouri. Walter’s father wasn’t really into football as much as people thought, Peter Payton was a semi-pro baseball player. Walter was had one older brother Eddie, who was born 3 years before Walter but in the near future wasn’t the one to be a football star. Eddie learned a lot about football from his dad, but when Walter was born, he knew he would have competition. At a very young age Walter and Eddie would have pickup games in the backyard. When Walter was 5 he started to play in a little league. Coaches were shocked to see Walter play football, almost every time he touched the football, touchdown. Not only his parents, but the players, and the coaches noticed that the harder Walter works he could go far.
...football player and scholar. “...and he admitted that part of the problem in the Carter game had been his own lack of belief of his abilities” (Bissinger 348). Finally a starting quarterback, due to Boobie’s injury, Mike pressures himself about being a good enough player to perform under the lights. “He would never be able to throw the ball, never be able to get a grip on it. It wouldn’t be a field of dreams at all, but one of nightmares” (Bissinger 315). Even towards the end of the season, Mike still doubts himself. He worries about helping his team carry the city of Odessa to the state championship. Not winning scares Mike, he doesn’t want to let anyone down.
Gene Stallings, who was one of Bryant's players at the time, said, "We left in two buses and came back in one, and that one was half full." Bryant put his team through hell at Junction because he wanted to build character and have his players realize that things were going to be done his way. They finished the season 1-9, Bear's only losing record as a head coach! The foundation had been placed and in 1956, the Aggies won the Southwest Conference championship. In 1957, halfback John David Crow received the Heisman Trophy, the only player coached by Bryant to receive the award. After a few years in 1958 Bear Bryant joined Alabama, but this time...he was head coach. Bear once said “What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.” Bear knew how to give moving pre game speeches. It makes you think abut how much he cared for his football player. Bear dedicated his life to football, but he
Throughout his high school years he played all different kinds of sports. He played football, baseball, basketball and ran track. He was one of the best in all those sports. When he played for his high school basketball team he was the leading scorer, and earned the name “Prime Time.” After his four years playing for his high school team, it was time to start looking for a college. Since he wanted his mother to come see him play, his first pick of colleges was Florida State. He had great careers in all the sports he played in. Before his senior year at Florida State University (FSU), the Yankees took him, so he played professional baseball while in college. While he was in college he decided he would stay away from cursing. So every time he cursed he would pay someone 5 bucks. In 1989 he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round.
In 1954 Walter Payton, a star, was born in Columbia, Mississippi. His parents Edward and Alyne Payton had three children, Eddie, Walter, and Pam Payton. When Walter was a kid he always loved to go outdoors. He always loved to go fishing, play football with his friends, and exploring the woods that he lived by. Walter spent his first three years of playing football at an all-black school named John Jefferson high. After he had finished High School the options for a black athlete in the south were limited, even in the 1960's you couldn't find many schools that a blac person could go to. Walter decided to stay closer to home and follow his older brother Eddie and go to a school in Jackson, Mississippi. At Jackson State, Walter excelled and finished fourth for the heisman trophy voting.
This remarkable story would not have happened if it had not have been for Leigh Anne Tuoey’s making that first step and inviting a complete stranger into her family’s home. She saw potential in someone who had nothing and decided to help. His family and friends used their joy for football to turn one boy’s life completely around for the better. Sean, Leigh Ann, Collins, and SJ accept Mike as he is, with his poor academic performance, and without knowing of his excellent athletic abilities. They show love and mercy to him as they see he has no one to support him in this way. At first they believe he needs them, but they come to learn that they need him just as much. This film teaches people to go the extra mile. It shows that there is more to life than giving donations, paying for a meal or volunteering at shelter. This story is an example to Christians of how they are to open wide their arms to those needing shelter, food, and love. And if this is done, then the others may see Christ shine through
Grant Henry Hill was born on October 5th, 1972 in Dallas, Texas but he grew up in Reston, Virginia. His father, Calvin Hill was a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Even though his family was wealthy, he didn’t the other kids to know about it. He was really proud of his father being a famous professional athlete, but he was also embarrassed about it. When he was in eighth grade, his father gave a speech all the students, but he didn’t go. He faked illness and hid in the nurse’s office, saying that he didn’t want to seem to be better than everybody else. That is how humble he was.
The details to this hero’s life were not similar to most Americans. Pat Tillman was born November 6, 1976 in San Jose, California, and was the oldest of 3 boys. He played football at Leland High School and led them to a Central Coast Division 1 Championship. His play earned him a scholarship as a linebacker to Arizona State University from 1994 to 1997. While he was there, he led them to an undefeated 1997 regular season, earning MVP of the team and Pac-10 defensive player of the year. Not only did Tillman excel on the football
While listening to each story and looking into the faces of the team and the coaches I realized the one thing each kid expressed that makes high school football
In the book "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy the book shares with the reader of the principals, practices and priorities to live a winning life. In his childhood tiny entails us with the principals his parents nested within him. As time when by Tony learned new practices that'd he would hold onto his entire life. Lastly, Tony would be challenged to see what his priorities are in his life.