Troy Polamalu played ball at Douglas High School.Â 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.Â My team won.
I watch Steeler games and root for the dude with the crazy hair.Â I have always been a huge Joey Football fan.Â 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.Â I can’t wait to see Bafaro on Rich Brooks field.
I love the guys the Ducks get from California.Â Our connection to the state of Texas is the strongest it has ever been.Â The farther east we go, the better it is for the team and its fanbase.Â The average Duck fan is an Oregonian, however, and we love to share that local connection with our favorite athletes.Â I’m thrilled that Thomas Tyner and Bafaro have chosen to play ball for the Ducks.Â I also cheer for the state of Oregon every time Colt Lyerla catches a pass.Â I can’t wait to hear some crazy personal story about them from some crazed Duck fans.Â 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?