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Pig Races Humor: Train your pig to have success

In response to your concerns, Mr. Korsgaden, there are no gimmies in pig racing or life. Not everyone comes from big towns and big programs to play sports and succeed in life. Nothing spoils your contentions like a few good examples.

Chad Greenway grew up on a hog farm near Mt. Vernon, S.D. (pop 380). He played 9-man football. He was a walk-on in college. He was drafted by the Vikings, playing special teams. Since his season-ending knee operation his first year, he has been a starter and was voted as one of the top 100 NFL players in 2012.

Dallas Clark played 7-man football in Boyd, Iowa (pop 300). He was a college walk-on and worked his way to being a starter. But he didn’t get a scholarship until his 3rd year at college when he switched to tight end. After college, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and started on their Super Bowl team.

Fred Jackson was a member of a powerful Texas high school team. He never started a game in his two years on the varsity team. He was considered too small and too slow (5-8, 160 pounds). With no college offers, Fred enrolled in Coe College, a Division III school that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. After college he tried out for the pros, but was cut. He played Arena Football ball, making $200 per week.

Finally, three years later, he tried out for the Buffalo Bills and made the team. He is now the starting running back and captain.

Kurt Warner played for a Division II school and with no pro prospects he tried arena football. Eventually, he played back-up quarterback for the St. Louis Rams with a one year minimum contract. The starting QB gets hurt and the rest of the story you know.

Train your pig, Last Place, harder and longer than the rest.

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

Dave McCurnin