Some sports writers call me the most powerful man in sports. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I have important roles to play in the future of the National Football League.
On a daily basis, my staff and I have to make decisions concerning collective bargaining, League expansion, realignment, stadium development, the NFL Network and much more. With millions of fans, dozens of owners, and hundreds of coaches, & players being affected by each decision, I have to do what is in the best interest of the game every time.
Many of the principles that shape these tough calls started with my experiences as a high school athlete. I played football, basketball and baseball, and was elected by my team mates as captain in each sport.
Every sport was fun for me, but there is nothing like Friday night football games to inspire the dedication and “since of purpose” that guides a young person through life’s toughest days ahead. I look back on my high school experiences as some of the most important life lessons I have ever learned.
The annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl on Friday night, August 17th, at 8:00 PM, will renew the one of the oldest rivalries in South Carolina football. We have many rival games each year in the NFL, but they are no more important to their fans than this game is to the folks in Pickens and Easley. There will be a lot of sportsmanship and teamwork on display by every player on the field.
The game is important, but the added effort by the students, fans, alumni and supporters to raise the most money for Pickens County Meals on Wheels makes this a “super” game!
I hope this year’s fund drive is as competitive as last year-- but this time--winner take all-- no matter how close the totals. Last year was a tie with both schools raising over $30,000 each with only a $70 difference. Please support your favorite school when students ask for your financial support. You will be helping them learn their life’s lessons!!