September 10, 2012

Are you ready for some football?

Running Backs
By Chris Redding
I love football. I didn’t always love football, but I do now. And I went to Penn State so it’s hard not to like football when you go there.

What’s my favorite position? Not sure I could have answered that until I was thinking about all my favorite players. The ones I have always rooted for to do well when they went professional.

They have all had one thing in common.

They are all running backs. And they happen to be some of the most famous PSU alum football players.

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First comes John Cappalletti. He’s actually from my part of Pennsylvania so he was a known entity before he became a running back. He dedicated his Heisman Trophy win to his little brother Joey who had been diagnosed with Leukemia. That’s a big heart.

Curt Warner held the career rushing record at Penn State until Evan Royster beat him. He was also running back when I applied to Penn State. He helped win the Sugar Bowl for them not long after I found out I had been accepted. He was only 5”11”.

Next come D.J. Dozier whose tenure at PSU overlapped mine. I did get to see him play in person. His six foot frame could just keep moving down the field.

Blair Thomas was the first player to rush for 1400 yards in two seasons earning All American honors in 1987 and 1989. He also was playing while I was attending PSU. He stands only 5’10”.

Then there were a few years where I didn’t get to watch football. I got married and followed my husband’s career around Europe.  Then kids were born and when they finally reaching an age where I could sit for more than a nanosecond, I resumed my football watching.

So I make a leap in years to Evan Royster.  Standing at 6’1” he rushed  for 513 yards on 82 carries for a 5.3 yards per carry average.  The little guy strikes again. 

Last, but not least I will give a nod to someone who is no longer a Nittany Lion. Silas Redd transferred to USC, but when he was a Lion, he was my favorite player.  Standing at only 5’10” he  rushed for 1,188 yards in the 2011 regular season, third most in the Big Ten Conference. I wish him luck at USC.

I mention everyone’s heights, but you may be thinking they are all tall. Compared to the rest  of the team, they are not.  You see them in a huddle and sometimes they are a full head shorter than the rest of the players. That may be why I am drawn to them.

With the Silas Redd’s leaving, I am now in search of a new favorite player. Who will it be? You can bet it will be a running back.

Blurb Blonde Demolition:

Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.

Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory's life. He believes they made a great team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don't have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and their old nemesis, is back.

Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running out.

 Bio for Chris Redding

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Journalism.  When not writing she works for her local hospital in the Emergency Services Department. She has been writing for thirteen years and has five books published. 




Chris Redding said...

Thanks for having me.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, Chris. Thanks for being my guest today. I've loved football since High School. I even quit the pep squad because they made us cheer instead of letting us watch the game. I think that upset my sister, cause she had been big in the pep squad while in h.s.