At Mississippi State University, in the Spring, there is an event called Super Bulldog Weekend. It starts with a baseball game on Friday afternoon/evening. Then, on Saturday morning, there are tailgaiting cooking contests, games for the kids, special camps for kids, and then there is a wonderful event…the football team (minus those high school recruits…NCAA rules and such get in the way of that) comes in and signs autographs for the fans.
This next one is a favorite. J.C. Brignone is his name. He is from the Coast (Mississippi) and lost his home in Katrina. He transferred to a school in Georgia so he could stay on the college recruiting radar. Then, in the spring of 2008, his father, his best friend, passed away from a massive heart attack. Now, he is a senior in college, a husband, and a father. This is the face of dedication and hard work…and love.
These guys are the kickers. They were cracking us up when we got to them. The boys had on their #24 jerseys (Anthony Dixon…look for him in the draft!) and De Pasquale make a crack wondering why they don’t sell the kicker’s numbers. We joked back and forth for a minute or two. It was very entertaining.
Then, we met the head football coach, Dan Mullen. Fabulous! One problem, I couldn’t get my camera to take a picture under the tent. *sigh* I should have gone ahead and used the flash and just edited it. Oh, well…I guess we’ll try again in the fall.
More to come later!