Chuck Bednarik, passed away last Saturday. He was the last player to play both offense and defense. He was also known for being one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of pro football he played for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962 and was a key member of their last championship team from 1960. Before football he served in the United States Army Air Forces as a waist gunner on a B-24 which flew on 30 combat missions over Germany. After his service he attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he played center and linebacker and was a three time All-American. He was also third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1948 and won the Maxwell Award that year. He was the first player selected that year starring on both offense as center and defense as linebacker and was part of the 1949 Championship team for the Eagles. He is also known for the hit that knocked out Frank Gifford, who was out of football for 18 months. He also got into a quarrel with chuck Noll when he was a player for the Cleveland Browns. He was still vocal against people who also said they were two way players because they played wide receiver and corner back, which did not have as much contact as the center and linebacker which he played. He also spoke out on today’s salaries, pensions including his, and one-way players. I must say after watching football from 60’s, 70’s, today’s game has changed and some things are for the best but some of the changes have watered down the game and now they want to make more so maybe it will be time to pull out the old tapes. Any way he was a fantastic player and one tough son of a gun to be a waist gunner in a B-24 which had a high mortality rate in WWII and make 30 missions he was another one of those unsung heroes.
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Katie Rose is the award-winning author of 12 historical, three novellas, and two contemporary romances published under the name of Katie Rose and Colleen Quinn. Katie made her contemporary debut in 2014 with a baseball romance series entitled the Boys of Summer. BRING ON THE HEAT was published in August 2014, and the second book of the series, TOO HOT TO HANDLE will appear January 27, 2015. A long time Phillies fan, Katie combines her love of baseball, romance, and fun in the sports themed romances, and is hard at work on the third book, the HEAT OF THE MOMENT. A graduate of Temple University with a BA in Journalism, Katie is the recipient of the Doug Perry award, and the Romantic Times Achievement Award. Katie lives on a lake in Medford Lakes New Jersey.
What the hell was that?
Nikki rubbed her palms together. It seemed as if her hand continued to burn from the contact with the shortstop. Examining the tender skin, she almost expected to see a red mark where her flesh had touched his. Frowning, she recalled that her breath had literally stopped when his eyes dove into hers, and she could still feel the rush of electricity that had sparked between them at that casual encounter.
This was bad. Really bad. Jake Baldwin had a reputation as big as his ego. Her assistant had done a few Google searches before she’d come out here, and in every article about the Sonics, he was described the same way: Player. Party boy. Flirt.
The last thing she needed was a physical attraction to a guy who embodied everything she was determined to avoid.
Baseball wasn’t exactly her cup of tea to begin with. She was being paid to babysit a bunch of “millionaires on steroids,” as Bill Maher would say, who played games for a living and thought the world started and stopped based on their every whim. While that was true of most celebrity athletes, she had a more personal reason to hate baseball in particular.
Jack Case was a gambler. She didn’t know it when she met him, and only found out later when the phone calls began and the threatening pink notices started showing up in the mail. She tried reasoning with him at first, then counseling, finally even going to his parents, but nothing changed. He was addicted to sports betting, baseball in particular, and he accused her of mothering him when she tried to help. She realized the extent of his problem only when the lien against the house exceeded its value and the taxes on their business, a little pet shop, were delinquent.
Thankfully, she was able to leverage her degree and get a position in public relations. It had taken her a year to get out of debt, but she had finally succeeded. And she was good at her job, damned good. She learned quickly that she was in this business to make money, not friends. The pace was frenetic, the decisions difficult, the selling endless. Yet she loved it, and Nikki swore she would never blindly trust a man again or let down her guard.
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