Ken Beaton: To my best crony I’ll never forget

What comes to your mind when we hear a word, “grit?” Was Glen Campbell singing, “One day, small girl, a unhappiness will leave your face,” a pretension strain from a 1969 movie, “True Grit?”

Maybe we review Steven Ambrose’s book, “Band of Brothers,” or a quote from Shakespeare’s “Henry V:” “We few, we happy few, we rope of brothers, For he currently who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”

In 1945 3 Marine groups fought confirmed Japanese infantry for 5 weeks to constraint a volcanic Japanese island, Iwo Jima. Admiral Chester Nimitz commented, “Uncommon bravery was a common virtue.” During a fight in a Pacific, 82 Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines, 22 Medals of Honor (27 percent) were awarded to Marines on Iwo Jima. Five Medals of Honor were awarded to a Navy, one officer and 4 pharmacy mates, Corpsmen. (The Marines did not have Marine corpsmen. Navy pharmacy friends wore Marine deception and served with fighting Marines as corpsmen.)

Were we reminded of Pee Wee, Pop Warner, high school, college, or a National Football League player, when we heard, “grit?” Each year in February, a NFL binds a “Combine” during Lucas Oil Field, a Colts’ football margin in Indianapolis, Ind. For several days, over 300 invited college football players representing all positions try to run their fastest 40 yards, arrangement their best agility, straight leap, clever hands and round skills. Thirty-two NFL ubiquitous managers with their coaching staff have dual months to investigate any player’s Combine news to breeze a best players “on paper” during a final weekend of Apr any year.

Has your favorite NFL group ever drafted a actor with one of a best Combine scores usually to have that actor turn a vital beating to we and their coaches? You are not alone. About 50 percent of a drafted players are studs; a rest are duds.

Think about a following; a NFL final parity, giveaway group and income caps that defies excellent. What group had won 5 Super Bowls given 2001? Coach Belichick’s New England Patriots.

The following is a quote from Bill Belichick being interviewed by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, “For me, tough, smart, dependable. That’s where we would start. Tough — mentally and physically. Smart — good decisions, good football understanding, high football IQ. Dependable — (in) vicious situations, we can count on those players to perform underneath pressure. You can count on those players to govern what we wish to govern as a team. The worse a game, a some-more vicious a game, a some-more critical a situation, a some-more we wish a tough, smart, constant actor in a game, in a eye of a storm, creation a preference that needs to be done for us to win.”

“We all wish good players; we all wish as many as we can get. But in a end, there’s a top on that — we don’t caring where we are or what module you’re in. We all have some good ones, maybe a few some-more than others here or there. But in a end, that’s a proceed many teams are comprised. It’s a bulk of a rest of a players that we need to confirm formed on your scheme, a character of play we wish to be.”

Mike Reiss sealed his square with a following. “This proceed explains how a Patriots have managed to sojourn widespread for scarcely dual decades in a income capped joining famous for a parity. New England can keep a top in sequence by chasing ‘tough, smart, dependable’ players rather than chasing a many gifted (and expensive) players, who will put adult good numbers though might not furnish in winning time.”

I played high propagandize football. My teammates had grit. When a lineman subsequent to me said, “Ken, assistance me retard this defensive tackle.” As shortly as a round was snapped, we strike a defensive tackle during his knees and my teammate strike him underneath his helmet, TIMBER. Our using behind ran by a hole we done for him. For a rest of a diversion that defensive tackle was a pussy cat.

FYI, there is a Grand Canyon of disproportion between “friends on Facebook” and a crony with grit. we was fortunate. we had a chairman who would have risked his life to save cave and clamp versa.

In 1951 Casey and we were sixth-grade classmates. We assimilated Boy Scouts’ Troop 13, were football teammates and artistic pranksters. If we got held for any secrecy prank, we’d still be behind bars. Casey had grit.

Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 2012, Casey’s mother called me, “Al died this morning during 1:30.” we flew to Massachusetts on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. The following day we delivered Casey’s eulogy. My shutting judgment was, “To Friday nights we can’t remember, with my best crony I’ll never forget.”

Ken Beaton of Carson City contributes intermittently to a Nevada Appeal.

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