Monday, September 21, 2009

Nice Jimmy Leonhard story

This weekend Justin Perras sent me a notice about a good feature in the New York Times on UW alum Jim Leonhard. Not a long read, give it a look.

It's the kind of thing I never get tired of reading: the humble, freaky athletic kid from the sticks who made good. Everything that's right with Wisconsin football, and UW athletics in general.

Leonhard is sometimes a punchline when my friends and I start bouncing around UW announcing cliches. "Did you know Aaron Gibson can do the splits?" "Owen Daniels wants to be a meteorologist." "Did you know Jim Leonhard isn't/wasn't on scholarship?"

But just because lazy announcers relied on that tidbit too many times instead of probing deeper into his game doesn't mean it's not cool, and something to be proud of. I never thought Leonhard would have lasted this long in the NFL, let alone making it in the first place, but here he is. Outstanding.


Anonymous said...

The best thing about JL is how great of a person he is. He's never forgotten his roots and continues to work harder than most. At the UW vs. WVU game in 2003, my family stayed at the same hotel as the group of Leonhard family and friends. They were so kind and appreciative of the comments they received about their son / friend. A stand up guy coming from a stand up family. Well done, sir.

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