Oregon Unknowns: An Icy Hot-Head

A new Friday series are the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting aspects about our beloved Ducks that few fans know about.  Some are amusing facts or stories from the inside, while others are the humorous incidents that we fans rarely hear about—like today.

In my interview yesterday with Rasuli Webster, he told the story of Jason Willis getting popped hard once while making a catch.  The trainer brought Willis to the sidelines, and was trying to ascertain if he had a concussion, or if he was fit to return to the game.  They weren’t getting very far along with the diagnosis when Rasuli came up and asked Willis, “how many nickels are there in a dollar?”

Jason had the most bewildered look on his face and his eyes and head weaved like a cartoon character that got bopped.  “That’s all I need…you’re done!” said the trainer, who promptly took Willis’ helmet.  Webster showed us how our players are protected in a most amusing way!  Willis could not play that game any further, but came back to make great plays for us during his career.  Rasuli will never forget that “weave” that Jason gave him!

Another of Webster’s stories was one about an undersized, but powerful outside linebacker that enjoyed playing a practical joke on occasion.  During practice this anonymous linebacker found himself tussling back-and-forth with a offensive walk-on, eventually escalating to the anonymous linebacker laying out the walk-on with a vicious hit.  For him, the big hit wasn’t enough; he wanted to further provide a reminder of the impact he could have.

The next day’s practice was going as normal, until the offensive player noticed that his head and face had a sensation somewhere between burning and cold.  He whipped off his helmet, only to discover that Icy Hot muscle cream had been deposited inside the top of his helmet!  During that day’s practice, it had slowly dripped down over his head and face as he warmed up—yikes!  I had to admit that it was a pretty innovative practical joke, one that the offensive player would remember…as we have!

Are you a former player or know someone that has an Oregon Unknown to share?  This is great fun for the fans, and for players to remember again the special times during their Oregon career.  Simply email Charles@fishduck.com and share the fun!

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Dave Melo

Dave Melo

Dating back to his childhood in 1993; Melo has gone to Duck games, practices, and gotten to personally know generations of Oregon Football players. He is a historical stat genius of Oregon football, particularly knowledgeable of the seasons of his childhood/youth years from 1994-mid 2000's. A big Duck football fan, Melo is known by many former players as the "Stats Guy" for remembering statistics of games and each Oregon team through the years. Melo also has had a personal tradition over the years of e-mailing a list of former players during football season on anniversary dates of milestone victories in Duck history. The tradition continues with a large e-mailing list that grows each year, and to a much larger audience as Melo joins Fish Duck to share his passion of Oregon Football history that got the Ducks to where they stand today.

  • michael b

    This could be really fun. Am looking forward to where you take this.