Is He Done?
|Mickey Plyler -- Radio Host - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 2:27 PM||
I watched Sports Center yesterday and found out that the New York Jets were benching Mark Sanchez. That was not a shock. What was a surprise is that they are going with Greg McElroy, not Tim Tebow.
So on my radio show this morning, we started wondering if Tebow was done? Was Tebow-mania finished?
We then turned the debate on several current coaches and athletes and wondered the same thing. Were they done? Is Frank Beamer's day of ten wins over at Virginia Tech? Is Jim Grobe's days of winning at Wake Forest over? Is Mack Brown done at Texas?
We asked if player who are injured are done. Is Alex Rodriquez finished? Is Derek Jeter done? Can Marcus Lattimore come back from his knee injury?
I think often times we give up too soon on players and athletes.
This time last year some speculated that Peyton Manning's career was finished. He would never be the same according to some. Did anyone really think he had another MVP-type season in him?
How many of us wrote off Adrian Peterson after his knee injury?
Three years ago I watched the Boston media write off David Ortiz. They said his bat speed was too slow. The had written his retirement speech.
This morning I brought up former Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell. He is stuck in basketball badlands with his current situation ay DePaul.
Speaking of badlands, how many of us wrote off Larry Shyatt? Anyone seen his team's record this season at Wyoming?
Many fans of our arch rival wrote off Connor Shaw after his freshman season. I wrote off Dylan Thompson again this year. Anyone watch Thompson in the second half in Death Valley?
We do it at Clemson too. Will Proctor was never supposed to be the starting quarterback here. Howard Bartley had his career go down the drain after a couple of knee surgeries, yet both won big games after we had them dead and gone.
Next season the starting running back at Clemson could be Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
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Two stars on defense were never supposed to be a factor according to some. Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
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I know I personally gave up on Josh WatsonJosh Watson
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Gifford TimothyGifford Timothy
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Who among us had Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
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After his red-shirt season many of us thought Eric MacLain was a bust at tight end. Now, an equal number of us think he has big time potential at tackle.
This time last year some of the message board heroes told us Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
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A good friend of mine the head of an academic department at Clemson. He told me a few years ago that he has never given up on a student. He said people mature at different rates. We never know when the light may come on.
The point is that while many of us want to write guys like Jerome MaybankJerome Maybank
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