|Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 11:45 AM- -|
The spring football game is this weekend and many of you will join us back in Clemson. I know a ton of people that look for a reason to come back to the place they love. They look for any excuse to just get back here one more time.
This weekend those reasons include football and baseball but it could be any reason for many of us.
We are lucky that we found a place we love this much and we can look no further than our former student-athletes to make that point.
This week on my radio show we are spending several segments talking to former Tigers who love this place and can't wait to get back.
On Monday we visited with former Clemson All-American cornerback Donnell Woolford. The 11th pick in the NFL draft in 1989 said his love for Clemson is still very deep.
Woolford said his college choices came down to Clemson and South Carolina and says, "I thank God all of the time that he made me a Tiger and not a Chicken."
The Clemson athletic Hall of Famer told a story that I had never heard before. He said when he got to the Bears as a rookie William Perry was still on the team. Woolford said many of the players would gather for a meal the night before a road game and the TV was on college football. Woolford says Perry controlled the remote and told all of the Bears that this TV was going on the Clemson game and anyone that wanted to watch any other game would have to go to their hotel rooms to watch.
Woolford is in Clemson Thursday night launching a sports drink and says its always great to come back home.
Today on the show we spoke with former Clemson linebacker
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On Wednesday's show we will have two more Clemson athletic Hall of Famers. Charlie Bussey and Terrell McIntyre will join the show. Bussey came home to work back here in Clemson many years ago and now that McIntyre has retired from professional basketball in Europe, he too wants to give back to Clemson. "Boogie" will announce a major gift to the basketball program in the near future.
Thursday we will visit with former Clemson and NFL star Patrick Sapp who like Bussey has come home to work at Clemson. Few love Clemson more than Sapp, who does a great job of promoting his alma mater.
I read a story on the internet about a feud between our arch rival's head coach and his former players this week and it made me realize once again the differences between us and them.
This week also has me thinking about Joe Sherman's masterpiece, "There's Something in These Hills." Several lines came to my mind this week in thinking about my radio guests.
Sherman says, "There's something in these hills that has touched every one of them, something that has rubbed off on them in varying degrees, something that has built within the breasts of all Clemson men and women an enduring spark akin to an eternal pride." That certainly is the case with Woolford, Maye, Bussey, McIntyre, Sapp and Spiller.
Sherman adds, "There's something in these hills that has bound together a man of over ninety and a boy under twenty, something that has given them a common ground on which to stand and a start toward bridging, and eliminating, and gap or any stress or any strain that might try to make unglued whatever they seek for themselves as they move out of these hills into the mountains, the plains, the oceans, the forests, the skies and the storms of life.
There is something in these hills that brings together and binds together and holds together men and women of all persuasions, of all heights, sizes, weights, and cultural backgrounds - something that cuts across every difference, spans every gap, penetrates every wall - something that makes a man or a woman stand taller, feel better and say with a high pride to all within earshot, "I went to Clemson."
There is something in these hills that you and I can't define and others can't understand. A wave of warmth always surges through me when "outsiders" say, "I don't know what it is about you Clemson people, but your undying love for Clemson is admired by everyone I know."
Sherman captured it better than anyone could and this week I have and will thoroughly enjoy hearing some of our Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers light up when talking about their love for this place. From Charlie Bussey who played football here in the 1950s to Terrell McIntyre who starred in basketball just a few short years ago, I love hearing them talk about this place like you and I do every day.
I hope many of you will do like these guys this week and come back home.
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