what football signees could help the track team IF they decide to do both sports?
I know that Mays is supposed to be fast, but would he help out the team at all. Also isn't Waddle a good thrower?
Posted on 2/5 4:03 PM | IP: Logged
Brose, Derrick Mays is a legit prospect in the 200. He as 4th in the 5A 200, behind Tech's Markus Henderson. He is a legit threat for a medal in that race in 2009. Tech has a huge need for sprinters right now, with Skye Green flunking out and LaVorick Williams quitting after one whole week on the team. Mays would help immensely in building a competitive 4X100 relay.
I don't know as much about LaAdrian Waddle, except he is one huge human being. I do know it is very hard to compete in both football and the weight throwing events - at least at the D-I level.
Posted on 2/5 4:40 PM | IP: Logged
I agree with RRTL regarding playing football and participating in the throwing events. I'm sure that there have been several more but I can only think of the great Michael Carter that did both succesfully. For the record, Waddle finished 2nd at the state meet last year in the class 3A DT. He threw 170-11; 5A winner Matt Kosecki threw 193-09 and 4A winner Matt Dudley threw 192-04. Not too bad but the FB coaches may want him to concentrate on football since some have deemed him a "diamond in the rough."
This post was edited on 2/5 5:29 PM by rfraider
Posted on 2/5 5:23 PM | IP: Logged
Randy Matson was good with two sports in the same season, basketball and track! I bet you'll not often hear of a world class weight man and all conference basketball player in the same person and year!
Posted on 2/10 1:54 PM | IP: Logged
880, I have talked with Randy about him doing that - throwing the shot put and playing basketball. He said the hardest part was the huge weight gain/loss. He lost weight like crazy during basketball and had to try and gain it back for throwing. I think he said he had a 50 pound weight differential in one year! He had to get that weight back to throw the shot at a world class level. Of course, there have been few athletes like Randy Matson in history.
The name of Michael Carter was invoked in one of the postings above. I saw Michael again in Lubbock this past weekend. With his daughter throwing for Tech and his son (Michael,Jr.) throwing for South Plains, he is coming out to Lubbock with frequency. I did not get to chat with him, much to my chagrin. He still holds what is probably the most amazing record I have ever read about - that throw with the HS shot put of 81-3.5. It is very rare that any other high schooler ever comes within 10 feet of him, much less coming close to the record. I believe Michael is still the only person who ever won both an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring. Amazing athlete and one of the few to ever excel at that high level in both football and track.
Posted on 2/10 5:16 PM | IP: Logged
How about Bob Hayes?
Posted on 2/10 5:30 PM | IP: Logged
Jeep, that is what happens when you go off memory. The first Super Bowl victory for Dallas was 1972 and Bullet Bob Hays was on that team. He was also with Dallas when they lost in 1971. I remembered him being traded to the 49ers, but that did not occur until 1974. Therefore, Bullet Bob is the ONLY person to win an Olympic gold and get a Super Bowl ring.