Best and worst things about playing high school football

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    Best and worst things about playing high school football

    For those who played high school football, what was the best thing about playing, and what was the worst thing?
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    If I had to pick just one for each, I'd have to say that the worst thing about it was the residual "old football injuries" - for me, they're bad shoulders. The best thing was the sense of work ethic that was instilled in me at a stage in life where I feel learning a good work ethic is of the most importance.

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    Little things like the water drop when people went outside of the locker room during double sessions I will always miss. The bad would be how my neck and shoulder feel right now.

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    The worst - total consumption of time.

    The best - relationships built with team mates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    The worst - total consumption of time.

    The best - relationships built with team mates.
    VOR, did you play at Beechwood?

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    Best - Friendships, work ethic and teamwork, talking about 'remember when',
    Worst - Double sessions in the heat. Time commitment.

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    Best: The total experience. Life long friendships, the competition, the great feeling of winning some big games that no one thought you would win, the disappointment of losing to better teams, but still working to get better and beat them the next time. I may be strange, but I loved the long practices, the feeling exhausted, the hurting after a game. Basically, just knowing that you gave your complete effort. Learning the have a great work ethic, being the leader, learning accountability, all the life lessons you learn from playing the great sport we call "Football".

    Worst: This one is easy, the night it ended, knowing that I would never play football again. When basketball, baseball, or virtually any other sports end you know that you can play in the park, or in pick up games. But, when football ends, you know that you will never strap on the pads and hit other players again. When it's over, it over for good.

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    As it's said " No star falls faster than a high school athlete". Memories and friendships the best part.

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    The Best- Friday nights, Friday school days, the relationships built, the playoffs, playing in a state championship, team camp back in the days when you could scrimmage other teams all day long and as much as we wanted without worrying about the KHSAA, learning to work hard and push through when the easy thing to do was quit, the memories allowing to talk about the good ole' days when I see old friends. The list goes on and on.

    The worst- two and three-a-days when there wasn't any heat regulations (and, thankful we didn't, because it made me want to be outside in the summer leading up to practice because I knew I had to acclimate myself to the conditions), practice a lot of days (but, glad I had them because it teaches you that in life, to reach your goals, things aren't always "fun")

    The injuries I don't feel (as a matter of fact, all of my injuries during high school and college came outside of football), but with those of us that grew up playing in the '80s, later in the 90's and especially in this decade, we were taught that our head wasn't to be used as a battering ram and that we could block using our hands, which wasn't the way things were taught in the 40's, 50's, 60's and even 70's.

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    Best: The whole gameday experience as a whole. I would always say that I could smell football weather before a game, and no it wasn't just my sweaty teammates. I haven't been married or had a kid or even graduated from college yet, so I can say that winning close games were one of, if not the best feelings of my life. I'll never forget the Sourghom Bowl at Morgan County where we won when one of their players was wide open in the endzone and dropped a TD pass as time expired.

    Worst: We sucked, and there is no getting around that. When I played WC never made the playoffs, and did not beat East Carter once during my HS career. I'm ultra-competitive and that always killed me but there was really nothing I could do about that because I never missed a practice or a lift, nor ever came off the field because I was "hurt", even though I played my last year having to pass with my scapula digging into my rotator cuff. As far as injuries go, my shoulder injury I had to play with my junior and senior year will never heal, but I look at that as battle scars. Can't live life without getting a little beat up.

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    Best: The journey, brotherhood bond, life lessons, Fri nights, the way winning changed our small town.
    Worst: Hanging it up, my body often aches from football and pitching baseball.

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    Best: Learning the concepts of team, sacrifice, and accountability.

    Worst: 2-a-days back when it was a sign of weakness to give your players water when it was 90.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    The worst - total consumption of time.

    The best - relationships built with team mates.
    Agreed. The relationships built with teammates, especially during double sessions, are priceless. It's been more than 20 years and my former teammates and I still speak at least once a month.

    The worst for me was risking ruptured spleens by the age of 16. Hearing a coach scream wasn't my lifetime dream. LoL if you get the reference...that's why he's wearing a "Big" grin

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    Best: The feeling in your gut running onto the field for a Friday night game. The shared Joy with your teammates when you won a big game. The life lessons learned about work ethic and team work.

    The Very Good: Comaraderie with team mates during the pre-seaon and season, especially the pool "gatheriings" after a hot and rigorous two-a-day practice.
    The very Funny: The conversations in the huddle and on the field among your teammates, and sometimes your opponent.
    the very painful: Losing the big game against your arch-rival, replaying every play in your head that could have gone differently (for years and years...)
    the not so good: The change in weather that reminds you of every injury you sustained, some 30 years later.
    The very bad: Knowing how great a time it was, and knowing the nothing else is every going to be quite like it again.
    the Worst: Watching your son's last HS game, knowing he now understands "the very bad" mentioned above.

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    Best= Knowing I was a part of something special.

    Worst= head Coach ( I came out of the restroom at school with two buddies who had been smoking, as we came out the door the head Coach was walking the same way, he stopped and looked at me and said "I smell smoke". It was never the same. I have never smoked anything in my life)

    In out last controlled scrimmage before our opening game I was a safety. I had three picks and one for a TD. Two days later I didn't even get to
    dress out. (My family hates it when I repeat this story) There is an ending, but its boring.

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