Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 11:51:59 -0500
This little ditty came to me from another list. I think it would make a
good SM Minute, especially considering that we (here in the USA) are in the
midst of Football Season.
Recognize Your Winners
Fran Tarkenton, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback,
once called a play that required him to block onrushing
NFL quarterbacks almost never block. They're usually
vastly outweighed by defenders, so blocking exposes them
to the risk of severe injury.
But the team was behind, and a surprise play was
needed. Tarkenton went in to block, and the runner scored
a touchdown. The Vikings won the game.
Watching the game films with the team the next day,
Tarkenton expected a big pat on the back for what he'd
It never came.
After the meeting, Tarkenton approached coach Bud
Grant and asked, "You saw my block, didn't you, Coach?
How come you didn't say anything about it?"
Grant replied, "Sure, I saw the block. It was great.
But you're always working hard out there, Fran. I figured
I didn't have to tell you."
"Well," Tarkenton replied, "if you ever want me to
block again, you do!"
from A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin
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