Troy Polamalu played ball at Douglas High School.¬† My brother-in-law once struck out Troy Polamalu three times in a high school baseball game in which we both played.
The valedictorian of my high school had a pick six off a Joey Harrington pass during a high school game.
My brother played toss with Kellen Clemens way back when at a football camp.
I coached against recent commit Bret Bafaro.¬† My team won.
I watch Steeler games and root for the dude with the crazy hair.¬† I have always been a huge Joey Football fan.¬† I try to watch the Rams football games, hoping that Sam Bradford (their starting QB) gets knocked out of the game so Kellen gets some playing time.¬† I can’t wait to see Bafaro on Rich Brooks field.
I love the guys the Ducks get from California.¬† Our connection to the state of Texas is the strongest it has ever been.¬† The farther east we go, the better it is for the team and its fanbase.¬† The average Duck fan is an Oregonian, however, and we love to share that local connection with our favorite athletes.¬† I’m thrilled that Thomas Tyner and Bafaro have chosen to play ball for the Ducks.¬† I also cheer for the state of Oregon every time Colt Lyerla catches a pass.¬† I can’t wait to hear some crazy personal story about them from some crazed Duck fans.¬† In fact, I’d love to read some personal stories about any of the Duck athletes in the comments section below.
What are some of your personal connections with Oregon athletes?