Walking cane is high school football ‘trophy’

By Willis Webb
“You’ve got to be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls…” Song written in 1933 For someone who started out (at age 14) wanting to be a sterling high school football player at 135 pounds (growing to a “hefty” 150 by age 17), I didn’t want to hear about the potential for crippling injuries. Maybe I should’ve listened to my mother and the other detractors about the dangers on the gridiron. Peer pressure being what it has always been — do the popular, accepted thing — has led many of us down paths that is deemed by many to be too dangerous. I was not quite a Don Watson, a
high school football foe from Franklin, whose lightning speed via his 150-pound frame led to a college scholarship at Texas A&M.
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