I got a lot of the greatest values in life from playing sports, from playing football – teamwork, sportsmanship, my work ethic, resiliency, dedication – I got it all by being on a team…Jon Gruden
In football, as in life, the hits you don’t see coming are the ones that do the most damage… The Late Stuart Scott
Tonight the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders play Vanderbilt University in a mid-state rivalry college football game. I graduated from MTSU in 1994 and I am proud to support my alma mater in everything they do on and off the field. Go Blue, beat the Commodores.
One of the greatest football players to ever play the game came from right here at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, my hometown university. Chattanooga has something to be very proud of in Terrell Owens for his hard work and dedication to becoming one of the greats in professional Football.
It was an honor to see him be inducted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame today. There was a lot of love at McKenzie Arena and it was a homecoming of sorts. Past and present Mocs were in attendance to see one of the greats share his experiences and to perhaps inspire one of the student athletes in attendance to become a hall of famer themselves. Terrell did it his own way and that is another discussion for another day but I can say his acceptance speech was one of the most heart-felt, honest and authentic you would ever hear. As a Mocs fan from way back this was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget.
To my awesome friends in England moral victories can be hollow but this squad played for Queen and Country and for those of us from other places who love your nation. May this reinvigorate the pride you have in your country and make the game of football stronger. Three Lions come back for World Cup 2022 better and stronger.
Congratulations to England on a dramatic penalty kick win today in FIFA World Cup Football action. Try not to make it so close next time! Go England!