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Offline Pack93z  
#1 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:15:43 AM(UTC)

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We all admire and relish the stars of a football team or program. We are drawn to the stars, collect memorabilia, and sport their jerseys.

But more often than not, we overlook or forget the role players that might never be in the spotlight but are as important to the team, if not more in some cases, than the stars and their highlights on the field. And yes, you want to know really where my disdain for QB's come from.. this is the honest reason. Rarely are the stars the true glue and grit of a football team, no matter the hype or praise.

These are the players that play for the love of the game.. and truly deserve respect often heaped on the stars.


Senior Day will be unique for UW's Phillips

And then there is the story of quarterback Curt Phillips, whose persistence despite undergoing three ACL surgeries on his right knee would be admirable even if he never played a down of football again. On Saturday, he'll cap his Camp Randall Stadium career with his second straight start — and his first career start at home — against undefeated Ohio State.

It's certainly been an awfully long journey for Phillips, a fifth-year senior who arrived at Wisconsin in 2008 from Tennessee as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country. Despite all the accolades, injuries prevented him from fully recognizing his tremendous talent for nearly five seasons. Now, wearing a bulky black knee brace, he holds the keys to the car as Wisconsin's starter for the final three games of the season.

"It seems like it definitely has been a long time, but it's flown by at the same time," Phillips said. "I've really enjoyed all of it. I definitely don't regret any of the decisions I've made along the way. I'd do it all over again."
I think when there's enough will and aggression, there's no shortage of talent either.

Offline wpr  
#2 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:34:49 AM(UTC)

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I think a lot of fans try and give a little kudos to those who toil in the muck and the mire. That is probably why we hear KUUUUHHHHHNNNNN.

That said and back on topic I wish the young man well. It is a shame that injuries have cut down more promising careers than one can count. Those that suffer injury or disappointment and still come on thru are the ones I admire the most.
"You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." Chesty Puller


Offline PackFanWithTwins  
#3 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:44:26 AM(UTC)

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These are the type of stories if any that I would like to hear. There is only one Jersey, I have wanted to get, and that is Tauscher. My father sports a Jurkovic on game day.

Long live those who do the work to make others stars.

Good luck to this kid and his attempt to kick the shit out of Ohio State. That would be the way to cap off his career.
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