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Friday, May 18, 2007

NFL and MLB misc.

First, an article about the All Pro Dad program that Colts head coach Tony Dungy, a Christian, held in Indianapolis last Saturday. It was designed to help strengthen the relationships between dads and their kids:

Next, an article by Indians relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez, looking back on his long career. Here's a couple of quotes:

This is my 16th big-league season now. To have lasted in this game as long as I have, I feel blessed first and foremost. I haven't had any major injuries and I'm still able to contribute at a high level for a competitive team and help the younger players....

In 1991, I actually started three games. That seems like a really, really, really long time ago. It seems ancient to me. Back then, I had a blood clot that caused me to miss a few months. It was tough because I was just breaking into the big leagues. I count my blessings for getting though that situation.

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Lastly, an interesting story about a scary part of a trip that Jaguars runningback Fred Taylor took to Africa with his teammates Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard, and their wives. Here's a quote:

Jaguars running back Fred Taylor boarded the single-propeller, 15-seat plane in Africa, chatting about the safari he had just been on with Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard and their wives.

A few minutes later, the group shared another unforgettable experience.

The plane door flew open at around 6,000 feet, causing panic, prayer and several uneasy minutes as the pilot landed at a nearby runway.

"I thought that was it," Taylor said Monday following the final day of Jacksonville's three-day minicamp. "I put my head down and started praying. The runway was about two miles away, but it seemed like it took 10 or 15 minutes to get there."

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