My favorite part of the story is the insightful quotes of the players - I get so used to the pre-packaged flatline platitudes uttered by many players about football it is refreshing to see some youngsters talk openly about the impact of this national tragedy on their rather blessed lives.
"It puts things in perspective," senior quarterback Austen Everson (right) said. "The big picture is that we're playing football for fun. There are people out there who are firemen, policemen and rescue squads that were risking their lives that day and do so much for us so that we can have fun and freedom."With the stories of Oklahoma fans sending death threats to Pac Ten officials after the instant-replay fiasco versus Oregon, I thought it would be nice to show how some schools have the right perspective on life and went outside the classroom to offer their players an education.