Legends of the Fall

August 29, 2011

At the risk of sounding like I am writing a country music song

The older I get the more I seem to lose

I have lost most of my hair and somehow gained it on my ears, which continues to baffle me

And I have lost friends and childhood legends.

This past year we lost Jack Tatum, George Blanda and Dandy Don Meredith

And recently the Great Bubba Smith

Regardless of how old they got…
I will always remember them through my younger eyes.

The Legends of the Fall.

I never had the opportunity to tell them how much I appreciated them and what they meant to me

With this College Football Season upon us I want to take the time to talk about one person.

College Football Saturday’s would not be the same without Coach Lee Corso.

Coach Lee Corso has spent over half a century in College Football

He started out as the quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles and he was known as the “Sunshine Scooter”

His running back at the time was Burt Reynolds

Coach Corso is fond of saying that was the best looking backfield in the history of college football. I don’t know much about that, but I do know that during his time at Florida State Coach Corso led the Seminoles in rushing and total offense and interceptions as a defensive back.

In fact his interception record stood at Florida State for almost twenty years.

He has coached football at several universities but most of us know him from seeing him Saturday mornings on ESPN’s College Game Day.

His enthusiasm on College Football Saturday’s is infectious

Between Coach Lee’s football insight, witticisms and the occasional “Not So Fast my Friend” there is the final segment on ESPN College Game Day when he makes his selection of who he thinks will win the “Game of the Day” by placing the team’s mascots head gear on his head as he begins to chant the teams fight song.

Most of us wait all morning to see that five minute segment

There is nothing like it…
and it doesn’t matter if you agree with Coach or disagree, we all watch him and we all love it.

He has battled back from a stroke to be with us on ESPN College Game Day and he recently won an award for his contribution to college football.

You deserved it Coach.

I don’t know if he will read this, I certainly hope he does.

I didn’t want the season to start without telling him that I love him and appreciate him

Have a Great season Coach, College Football Saturday’s wouldn’t be the same without you



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One Response to Legends of the Fall

  1. Deke on August 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm


    Simply outstanding and I really liked the Coach Corso tribute and Tom Jackson’s great words. Obviously we’ve lost some fine memories this past year, some in football, some a little closer to home.

    Thanks my friend

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