Cranks My Tractor

Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM.

He is famous.

He should be.

As noted, Billy Bob calls my cousin, “Pawpaw John,” even though they are not related by blood. Down home, folks look out for each other and having “extra grandparents” that aren’t related to you is a welcome thing.

Cousin John describes Billy Bob’s football skills as follows, “In the open field, Billy Bob will knock the fire out of you.” Cousin John used a little more of my Daddy’s sailor language, which is very acceptable when describing football skills in Alabama. In particular, tackles in the open field.

I have always preferred, “He will field-dress you in the open field.”

Cousin John knows what it means to have the fire knocked out of you – he was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries in Vietnam. Therefore, if he says Billy Bob is capable of doing that – I believe him.

His parents did go through much consideration, consultation and prayer in deciding to let him play football. They also considered how much Billy Bob loved playing football.

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