Real Men: Logan Gray
On a cold February night a few years ago, my father asked me if I had any recruiting news to share with him. “Yes, I do. We got this QB and this tight end combo out of Missouri. Both are supposed to be very good and the QB can run.” Some how over the past 3 years my father has developed some sort of football- love affair with Logan Gray. He always wanted to see him play. In his mind (and sometimes in my own), he envisioned this athlete at QB would was just as dangerous outside the pocket as he was in it. Someone who would be a smash mouth drive finisher with finesse.
As you should know by now, my father’s dream will never come to fruition because Logan Gray will be transferring. For what it’s worth, I can’t blame him for doing so. Whatever his reasons, which seem more that admirable, I know about 500 dawg fans in my realm that are with him. Back to my father’s view of Logan:
When 2009 season began, Dad really was looking forward to my spring practice update, which I always give to him. He used to be one helluva gamer. Coming every Saturday, breakdown partying on the tracks, and watching some of the purest UGA football to ever be played. He now has this mentality: ‘Why should I go to all of that trouble, just to have some young dumbass puke on me and your Mama when I can watch it on my 60″ HDTV at home in my plush over-sized leather chairs.” (He has a point, there.) But I told him about how I really thought Gray would be the guy and he got so excited. He loves dual threat quarterbacks (I am more of a pocket passer guy) and just thought that Gray would surely take the job. So I’ll stop with the Tao of Logan at this point; I don’t want to mull around in the mire of what Gray didn’t get to do, but rather what he did do.
Beyond the statistics, Logan Gray was to me: a helluva athlete, a HUGE team player, and a pretty witty guy (based on his affinity for one Kenny Powers). It takes a MAN to know he wont be getting much playing time, yet continues to support his team and do whatever it takes to win. The un-sung hero sometimes need a voice. I want to think that at least some part of the post can be his, albeit within the HTT circle.
There is also something to be said about the few classy football players out there. That even when they know it is time to start another journey that they still do so with humility, class, and dignity. In a world where the parades of human debris like ‘The Jersey Shore’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ earn the glory and the face-time, there will always be men with character like Logan Gray. Good men like Logan Gray. Men that decide they want the RIGHT things in life and pursue those wants with tenacity, perseverance, and courage. These are the type of men that keep America, America. These are the type of men that keep feminist-induced former shells of men at a steep contrast with true ones.
Logan, thanks for this. You’re a damn good dawg. Good luck and God’s Speed.
And the guy has some pretty witty facebook updates…
“But a true champion, face to face with his darkest hour, will do whatever it takes to rise above. A man fights, and fights, and then fights some more. Because surrender is death, and death is for pussies.” -Kenny Powers