Two rival football teams in North Carolina put their differences aside and allowed Lou Stamey, a 15-year-old diagnosed with cerebral palsy, to score a touchdown.
Lou is confined to a wheelchair and has limited speech, yet his love for the game of football is known. Canton Middle School football coach Joshua Simmons took notice and approached Lou’s gym teacher, asking if she thought Lou would be interested in participating in the football game.
“Lou’s very special in our school,” Simmons said. “He brings a lot of joy to a lot of people.”
Simmons created the “Lou Play,” and communicated with Waynesville Middle School football coach Robert Sutton to pull it off. In the game, Lou took the handoff up the middle towards the goal line, pushed by classmate Braydon West. He had blockers out in front leading the way against the swarming Waynesville defense who were stumbling and diving after him.
“Look, Lou, they’re cheering for you,” a teammate could be heard calling out.
After Lou crossed the goal line, players from both teams crowded around him and chanted his name. It was a heartfelt moment that Simmons himself would never forget. At the end of the day, Simmons hopes that Lou helped teach his players to never take what they have for granted.
September 29 marks the 39th anniversary of Muhammad Ali vs Earnie Shavers. The bout is viewed as one of the greatest in boxing history and was the last time Muhammad Ali would successfully defend the heavyweight championship. His opponent Earnie Shavers, aka the “Acorn” as dubbed by Ali, was forecasted to be the demise of “The Greatest.”
Ali ultimately won the 15 round bout, but didn’t leave unscathed. After originally mocking the “Acorn” by rubbing his head, Ali took a hard shot and stated, “Shavers hit me so hard, it shook my kin folk in Africa.”
For this week’s “Freshest Uniform of the Week,” Network A has selected the Oregon Ducks “Webfoots” uniforms. The new uniforms will be worn this weekend during Oregon’s game against the fifth ranked Washington Huskies.
Before the University of Oregon was known as the Ducks, they were the Webfoots. The uniform specifically honors the 100-year anniversary of the 1916 team that went undefeated and won the Rose Bowl.
Our Network A Athletes of the Week are Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. These two dual threat quarterbacks are going head to head in a gridiron battle between #3 Louisville and #5 Clemson. Not only is this a big conference matchup for these two undefeated teams, it could also become pivotal in deciding the Heisman Trophy race.
Let’s get to know our two Network A athletes a bit more…
Lamar Jackson - Louisville
Get you a man that can do both! Jackson’s entire candidacy can be summed up in a single face: His 25 total touchdowns (13 passing and 12 rushing) would tie Texas Tech, South Florida and Washington for second in the country. Jackson has accounted for as many or more touchdowns than all but one team in the FBS.
Deshaun Watson - Clemson
After a slow start to the season, Deshaun Watson is back in contention after making big plays against Georgia Tech’s defense. It was promising to see the offense firing from all cylinders leading into the game against Louisville. If Watson and company get the W Saturday night, look to see him take a jump up the list, ahead of Lamar Jackson.
Who do you think will take home the hardware?
What started as just a simple way to get an easy A at Texas A&M University, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller found a love for something he never thought he’d have—poultry farming. After finding himself extremely interested in the class thanks to an adoring professor, he ended up majoring in Poultry Sciences and found a lifelong passion.
Miller began raising his own chickens during his sophomore year of college, and as his wallet grew, so has the size of his farm. In-between sacking quarterbacks and charming the country with his killer dance moves, the Super Bowl MVP currently owns over 60 chickens in the back yard of his childhood home in DeSoto, Tex., a suburb of Dallas. Miller says that he has a special bond with all of his birds and even names them after some of his teammates, including TJ Ward, Demarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders and Derek Wolfe. He even named the sole rooster of the flock after his former teammate Peyton Manning.
Miller thinks of his birds as members of his family and refuses to kill and eat them. He does however still eat other chickens, just not the ones he considers his pets. While the meat of his beloved chickens is off limits, the eggs are a different story. Miller’s flock lays about 20 eggs a day, and the linebacker says that you can really taste the difference between farm-raised eggs and store bought ones.
Miller’s current chicken farm may be small right now, but he does have his eyes on acquiring a commercial chicken farm that is not far away from his current operation. However, it is his enthusiasm for chickens, not profit that drives him to achieving his goal of being a legitimate chicken farmer. Miller is most notably passionate about humanely raised birds.
“I take pride in healthy birds,” Miller says. “You got all these other big-time commercial farms that raise, you know, 30,000 birds. Me, it's a whole lot smaller operation.”
It is incredibly important to the Broncos star that his chicken farm is operated differently than a traditional commercial chicken company. He wants to be intimately involved with every step of the process and is very concerned with the health and well-being of the birds that he so deeply cares about. Miller even wants to add in cameras to the chicken coops so costumers can be guaranteed the birds are living life to the fullest.
The self-proclaimed nerd, who can’t see a thing without his glasses, is so invested in his dream of owning a chicken farm that he has already created a motto for his future poultry empire.
“I put love into my birds,” Miller says. “I can see the logo for my company: me holding the chickens, big smile. The slogan, ‘Happy birds!’”
Football may not be forever, but it’s safe to say that Miller has a solid retirement plan.