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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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This post is about what happens when a woman who doesn’t like football goes to a football game. 
 
But first, a quick update on last month’s post HANDS OFF MY SISTER.  My sister’s story prompted many readers to ask how they could help.  I’ve established a fund for my sister and her children.  The idea is for a lot of people to give a little bit.  It’s called “crowd funding.”
 
Check it out: dreamfund
 
NOW, ONTO TODAY’S STORY, which is a follow-up to TEN THOUSAND SPIRALS with Steve Young.  Here goes.
 

TEN THOUSAND SPIRALS

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For the past two years I've helped Steve Young research and write his life story for his family. I asked him if I could post an excerpt. This is from a chapter called, "Ten Thousand Spirals."

BY STEVE YOUNG with JEFF BENEDICT

August 18, 1980. I entered the Smith Field House on Brigham Young University’s campus to get my equipment and locker assignment. I was eighteen and fresh out of high school. Close to one hundred players milled around in street clothes. I was the only guy from Connecticut. I didn’t know anybody and nobody knew me. Depth charts for each position were taped on the wall. I ran my finger down the quarterbacks list:

Jim McMahon
Eric Krzmarzick
Royce Bybee
Jym Kimball

I scanned all the way to the eighth and final spot before I found the name I was looking for: Steve Young.

I spun around, leaned back against the wall and dropped my head. I had never been eighth in anything. At Greenwich High I was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams.

What am I doing here?

 
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Hands off my sister.

There will be no pictures in this blog post.

I’m nine years older than my sister Charity. I fed her from a bottle and changed her diapers. I put Band-Aids on her knees and made her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She was nine when I yanked her from her bed in the middle of the night and carried her outside during a house fire. When she was twelve I took her to her first rock concert – U2 at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987.

 

MONDAYS WITH STEVE

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It’s 7:30 on Monday morning, November 25, 2013. I’m in a no-parking zone outside Dulles Airport, waiting for Steve Young. His red eye flight from San Francisco should have landed by now. He’s in town for the evening’s 49ers-Redskins game on ESPN, where he’s an analyst for the network’s “Monday Night Countdown” show. I’m his ride.

 

JON ROSENTHAL

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) Jon Rosenthal was born in 1955 and raised in the San FernandoValley, amongst citrus orchards. As a boy he’d ride his bicycle to Van Nuys Airport, where he’d dream big while watching planes take off.

 

TOMMY FLYNN

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This blog post is about my chance meeting with a guy named Tommy Flynn. But also be sure and check out my Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times about domestic violence in the NFL. You can read it here.

 

MANHOOD

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Spetember 9, 2014

Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut running back Ray Rice and the NFL indefinitely suspended him after TMZ released a video of him knocking out his former fiancee who is now his wife with a punch to the face in an elevator inside an Atlantic City hotel.

 
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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including  the New York Times bestseller The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.  He is also a frequent public speaker and lecturer.  To book him contact George Greenfield at george@creativewell.com

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