Sunday, October 25, 2009

Back from the locker room

Just back to the press box from both locker rooms and the field where we enjoyed an ACU reunion of sorts at Paul Brown Stadium.

Both Bernard Scott and Danieal Manning were dinged up during the game and were in treatment post-game. However, we were able to get Johnny, Bernard and Danieal all together just before the Bears pulled out of the stadium.

Heard some great things from Chicago head coach Lovie Smith about both Johnny and Danieal being not only great football players, but also first-class men. Marvin Lewis told us much the same about Bernard before the game started.

Before we left, the three had a few moments alone in the west end zone where they shared a few laughs and stories as well as updated cell phone numbers. Danieal had a couple of chances to drill Bernard, but Bernard showed the moves that won him the Harlon Hill Award last year to avoid the tackles. They shared a pretty good laugh over both of those plays.

All in all, an unbelievable day for Abilene Christian University and its football program.

Grant Boone and I were talking earlier in the game about how proud ACU president Dr. Royce Money must be to see three players from ACU on the field in an NFL game. When he took over as president in 1991 no one ever had a thought about three players from ACU ever playing together in an NFL game.

That onetime longshot dream became a reality, and even though Danieal, Johnny and Coach Smith apologized for the Bears' performance in a 45-10 loss it was a great day to be a Wildcat.