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October 26, 2008
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YOUR LINK TO SPORTS HISTORY
FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
JULY 8, 1974
When Gerald Ford was vice president, he wrote about his days as a Michigan football star, the state of the sport, the value of international athletic victories and why winning is a necessary goal. One month later Richard Nixon resigned, and Ford was sworn in as president.
I KNOW I AM guilty of leaning heavily on football jargon in speeches and off-the-cuff remarks, but this is understandable. I know of no other sport that demands so much and returns so much. The experience of playing the game can be applied to the rest of your life, and drawn from freely. I know it is easy to find similarities in politics. How you can't make it in either field without teamwork and great leadership. How you can attract grandstand quarterbacks by the droves. In football you hear them during and after the game. In politics we hear them 30 seconds after our last speech. Or during it. Most grandstand quarterbacks have never played either game, yet are the loudest and most knowledgeable critics. The thick skin developed in football pays off.
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