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Former NFL running back Leroy Hoard says he thinks of three men nearly every day; Andre Waters, Dave Duerson, and Junior Seau. Three former NFL players who each suffered from brain trauma caused by repeated blows to the head. Three men who each turned a gun on himself, and took his own life. After a 10-year NFL career, Hoard, now 44, says he battles daily with throbbing headaches, numbness in his arms and legs and recurring depression. He wonders if he owned a gun, would he have shared the same fate as those three men. Hoard talks candidly with Kelly Naqi about the physical and mental struggles of life after football.
“You realize that you’re in a hole, but you’re in a hole and you’re in it so deep and you look up and you, you’d rather just lie down and die than try and find a way out. I could tell that that was where Leroy was going.” — Robert Smith, former Vikings teammate, and ESPN analyst
“I’m fortunate. I’m lucky. I don’t know why I wasn’t one of them. I worry all the time: how close was I to that?” — Leroy Hoard comparing himself to Waters, Duerson, and Seau
On January 25, 1988, Pitt forward Jerome Lane drove down the right side on a fast break, took a pass from point guard Sean Miller, and threw down one of the most-memorable glass-shattering slams in college basketball history. The moment 25 years ago also spawned Bill Raftery’s now-famous call, “Send it in, Jerome!” which has become just as famous as Lane’s dunk against Providence.
“The crowd went berserk for about a good – man, two, three, four minutes. It was, like, I couldn’t believe it. The parents were running around with the glass, running around throwing it everywhere. I mean it was just – it was unbelievable, made both teams go back to the locker room.” –Jerome Lane, former Pitt forward
“The game was delayed. I don’t remember exactly how long, but it seemed like an eternity. Twenty to 30 minutes. I just remember watching the film afterward, and (ESPN was) live, I believe, on TV forever. And they kept re-showing the dunk with Bill Raftery’s call.” –Jeff Van Gundy, former Providence assistant coach
“Mike (Gorman) finished the call and, and I’m sitting there, I’m going this is incredible. And, you know, over the years guys have used different ways of describing a dunk, and it just made sense to say, ‘Send it in, Jerome.’ Later on, Mike said, ‘Where did you come up with that?’ I had no idea.” — Bill Raftery, ESPN college basketball commentator
Sports have taught us to believe in miracles and fairy tales, writes Tim Keown in ESPN The Magazine‘s “Perfect” issue. So is it any wonder we fell for the unbelievable stories of Lance Armstrong and Manti T’eo?