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2 minutes ago, rpbobcat said:

In addition to memories I have a knee and shoulder that,while they may not work as well as I would like,are really 

great at predicting changes in the weather.

 

 

LOL...I hear that. I think most of my recurrent aches and pains are a result of having played football though. Hopefully I don't have an CTE related damage, I played football for 7 years.

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5 minutes ago, TobusRex said:

LOL...I hear that. I think most of my recurrent aches and pains are a result of having played football though. Hopefully I don't have an CTE related damage, I played football for 7 years.

I've been asked a number of times "with what you're going through now,was it worth it ?

YES ! 

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18 minutes ago, wrestlingrecruit said:

I've seen Jason Tsirtsis around at a few tournaments 

I'll tell my kids "do you know who that is? Dude is a legend" and they don't even know who :/

LOL...I'm as big a wrestling fan as it gets and if you said Tsirtsis was a "legend" in my presence I'd have said you were nuts :D

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Just now, TobusRex said:

LOL...I'm as big a wrestling fan as it gets and if you said Tsirtsis was a "legend" in my presence I'd have said you were nuts :D

From an Indiana standpoint - 4x state champ, #1 coming out of HS, D1 national champ 

Granted I have tinted glasses

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1 minute ago, wrestlingrecruit said:

From an Indiana standpoint - 4x state champ, #1 coming out of HS, D1 national champ 

Granted I have tinted glasses

oh...well, makes sense in that regard :D He was a pretty highly touted HS wrestler.

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9 hours ago, TobusRex said:

LOL...I hear that. I think most of my recurrent aches and pains are a result of having played football though. Hopefully I don't have an CTE related damage, I played football for 7 years.

Oh I'll bet you were a real head banger.

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12 hours ago, Dr. Novak said:

Oh I'll bet you were a real head banger.

I've heard the guys on the line don't absorb as much punishment as the running backs. 

I was honorable mention All-State. I was particularly hard on tackling guys who I knew were wrestlers :D

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8 minutes ago, Dr. Novak said:

LOL...did that come with a certificate?

It came with a small font mention in the Tulsa World under the "4A All State Selections". Couldn't sew it on my letter jacket :( . Not that there was room after all the All Conf, All Dist, All Regional football patches (plus the wrestling stuff).

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4 minutes ago, TobusRex said:

It came with a small font mention in the Tulsa World under the "4A All State Selections". Couldn't sew it on my letter jacket :(

Then you weren't trying hard enough. Laminate it and use all the safety pins you have dangling off the front from your wrestling career to pin it to the back. Also, it's never too late.

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On 6/10/2019 at 2:14 AM, gowrestle said:

Recently I was talking  to a former 2 time NCAA champion. He is a decent guy and has had a successful post wrestling career. He said his success was merely a split second of notoriety. At the Nationals he was lauded with attention and clearly felt like a celebrity. “Everyone wanted a piece of me.”

Now he says, except for family and friends, no one knows what he accomplished more than 15 years ago. “The celebrity status is gone!”  

He is okay with the impact that time has had on his life and definitely is not a guy yearning to live in the past. His message is that being a successful wrestler is not nearly as important as some think it is. 

(Our of respect I am not identifying this person.)

Is he a member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio's 4th District? 

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11 minutes ago, TobusRex said:

Sorry, meant to wash it before I gave it back to you. It's got Katy Perry sex stink all over it. 

Poor Katy has a cellulite butt and has consistently refused my training help.

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Most sports have a version of this "I was great and who am I now?" going on.

Name three players on the now champion St. Louis Blues ice Hockey team. Most can't name one - yet they just won a title. Not years ago, just a few days ago.

Ask many to name a champion Gymnast. About the same as a Champion wrestler - though some can name a woman or two because they get so much attention at the Olympics.

We participate because we like it - whether we are OK, good or great. It is/was fun at the time.

I see it like Tom Selleck in the Jesse Stone movies - a group of them I watch over and over because I enjoy them. He was a pro baseball player who got injured - would have made "The Show" with the Dodgers but ended up a Cop. Then Police Chief in Paradise, MA. He got on with his life but as for baseball and "do you miss it?"... "every day".

Nothing quite matches competition, win or lose.

No matter what happens in life what you did, you did. What you won, you won. Whether others know it or not - past your contemporaries - doesn't really matter. You did it and no one or nothing can take that from you. Whether working in obscurity now in Idaho as a one time State placer or on the big stage like John Smith with Six World Titles in a row - life goes on.

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On 6/11/2019 at 9:07 AM, russelscout said:

Sports should not be your main focus in life unless it's a sure thing like if you are a Lebron James type talent. Even then, a backup plan is important. However, I have never been in an interview with management, especially after graduating, where my time in college wrestling was not brought up. Time as a college athlete, let alone becoming a 2-time NCAA champ would definitely separate you from the competition in an interview. That says a lot more about what kind of person you are than your ability to answer a bunch of archaic questions. 

1 Corinthians 9:25 - 25And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (NASB)

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25 minutes ago, HoundedHawk said:

1 Corinthians 9:25 - 25And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (NASB)

You are gonna get this thread 1984ed.

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4 hours ago, HoundedHawk said:

1 Corinthians 9:25 - 25And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (NASB)

I'm not religious, and I'm sure I'm taking it out of context, but that verse resonates with me. Thank you.

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