Pete Rebstock

In the first of many RamNation Q&As to come, former CSU wide receiver Pete Rebstock (1997-2001) speaks candidly on many issues, including how his NFL career ended, what it was like to be a part of the disappointing 1998 Rams football team, his admiration for former teammate Matt Newton, the current state of the football program, and much more. Rebstock is one of the most prolific offensive athletes for CSU in school history as he is seventh all-time in career receptions (131), fifth in receiving yards (2009), sixth in touchdowns (13), second in punt return average (15.9), and fourth in kick returns (26.3).

RamNation: Tell me what youíre up to now.

Pete Rebstock: Iím in the middle of coaching receivers at Bear Creek high school, and Iím having a blast. Weíve got a really good team this year. Weíre 3-0, and I think weíve got a shot this year. Itís fun. Weíve got two really good receivers and one thatís the best receiver in the state (Aromous Robinson) Heís sweet. Heís got 400-something yards receiving in three games.

RN: It would be nice to be a receiver in Tom Thenellís passing-oriented offense wouldnít it?

PR:No kidding. But we actually have a balanced attack this year. Itís the first time--for the most part--that we can really do both, run and throw. Our quarterback has thrown for 700 yards on the season in the first three games.

RN: Is this a volunteer position?

PR:No, I get paid. But, after taxes get taken out and all that, I probably end up down on the year after gas money.

But itís fun, itís really fun. Thenell is a great coach. He knows a lot. I canít believe how much success heís been able to have, especially with the amount of resources he has. You talk about Sonny not having resources, holy crap, Bear Creek--bless their hearts--we had 34 guys in our team picture.

RN: Whenever thereís talk from fans about CSU adding a true quarterback coach Thenellís name is always brought up. Do you think heíd be a good fit there at CSU?

PR:He would be unbelievable. But, I donít know if that would be something heíd be interested in or not. He knows the game of football. Iím really impressed with how much knowledge he has, and I think it would be good for CSU to have a guy like that. I donít know if itís something heíd be interested in or not. I liken him to (former CSU offensive coordinator) Steve Fairchild. He has a way of motivating kids. Not in a sense of beating them down or picking them up and telling them how good they are, but heís a guy that kids respect. They feared him, but they know he knows his stuff. Fairchild wasnít a guy who told you how good you were, but he was a productive coach and thatís like Thenell. I sit there an think itís dťjŗ vu for me when I hear some of the things he says to his quarterbacks.

RN: Tell me about what you do at your full-time job at UBS Financial Services

PR:Iím a financial advisor. Really all Iím trying to do is build up a good clientele base with clients that have investful assets of $500,000 or more, or at least have something close to that range that theyíre willing to save. I want to work with people that want financial advice--someone that says, ĎI want to retire in 12 years, hereís what Iíve got going for myself right now, and I need someone to tell me how to invest this money--help me invest it and let me know if what I want to do is within reason with how much money Iím making and savingí.

I sit down and customize a portfolio based on a familyís risk tolerance, and more importantly their needs. I put together a portfolio that will be most efficient for what theyíre trying to accomplish. I donít run any of my own money. I give it to money managers like a Tom Marsico over at Marsico Funds. I let him run the portfolios. I just manage people.

RN: Do you do much work with former CSU quarterback Terry Nugent (who is a very successful financial planner at UBS)?

PR:We have a couple mutual clients together, but other than that, itís my own gig, and heís got his own deal. The good thing about this business, which I like, is that everyone runs it differently and everyone has their own different ways of doing it. Iíve been able to watch what he does, learn from some of the stuff he does, as well as other guys in the office. Iíve been able to formulate a business plan that I believe in and that I have conviction about, and itís going to be run the way I believe in.

Itís challenging. Itís not an easy business, and itís not rewarding right away. The frustrating thing about it is itís kind of like baseball, where youíre going to fail more than you succeed. And thatís a reason why I hated baseball, why I quit baseball. I didnít have the patience. I hated hitting .350 because I knew I failed 65% of the time. But, Iím getting accustomed to it, I like it, and I like the freedom that it brings and also the potential it brings with it. And, I like helping people. Thatís kind of the bottom line. I like sitting down with a family, helping them invest their assets and make them feel good about what theyíre doing with their lives and take that burden of stress off them.

RN: Imagine it had to be tough giving up football. Tell me about your injury and how your short stint (2002) with the KC Chiefs came to an end.

PR:I retired in April 2003. It really wasnít necessarily my back injury that forced me out. It was my hamstrings. My hamstrings are shredded. Obviously I had hamstring injuries throughout my college career, but the beautiful thing at CSU and Sonny and those guys was they knew that I knew how to take care of myself, and when it came down to practice, Iíd get in and get the reps I needed to be ready to go for a game day. But, it wasnít like I had to go out there and take every rep to prove myself on every play. Whereas, that was the exact opposite in the NFL. There were some days where my hamstrings were tweaked or strained or felt really tight and I wasnít able to avoid certain things in practice like I was in college.

I was pulling my hamstrings every two weeks. It never let me heal it. I would always be doing some rehab and Iíd be back on the field in a week to do it all over again.

As for my back, I hurt my back in offseason conditioning in Kansas City. I was just running routes. I was running a dig route, and planted really hard on my outside leg. My hip locked on me. It was weird, I kind of hyper-extended my hip and I was twisting at the same time, and I felt a pop in my back and all of a sudden my back muscles, my rib cage all just locked up on me. So, for about a week they treated me for back spasms and strains. They had me trying to jog and run, and ultimately it showed up on my X-ray that it was a fracture of my L-2 vertebrae in my back.

They put me on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the first eight weeks of the season, which gave me an opportunity to get healthy by our bye week in Week 9. I was practicing, and by the end of Week 9, they had to make a decision to activate me, release me, or keep me on the injured list. And, I ended up pulling my hamstring that week so they ended up putting me back on the injury list and thatís where I remained for the rest of the year.

RN: But that wasnít the end of your career. You went to NFL Europe briefly. Talk about how it all ended.

PR:I was miserable in Kansas City. And, if you recall, (wide receiver/punt returner) Donte Hall had a breakout year. In about Week 9 he ended up breaking out and went on to make the Pro Bowl. So, my agent, Tom Mills, and I thought it would be best to go out to Europe to see if I could get some good film for teams and possibly do well enough to either have Kansas City try to trade me for some value on draft day, or if I got released after training camp the following year I could get picked up by another team.

Kansas City did not want me to go to Europe. They wanted me to stay back and rehab with them in Kansas City and just kind of get healthy for the next year. But, I would have rather have been in Spain than in Kansas City, I was so miserable. So, I begged them to allocate me to Barcelona, and they did. Then I went down to training camp down there and was having fun and having a great camp. It was easy. It wasnít physically demanding at all. It was like high school practice. During a workout, I was striding and blew my hamstring out again. I didnít even break stride, I just peeled my equipment off right there on the field, got on the bus, and sat there until practice was over. I called my agent and told him I was done and coming home. I shut it down.

I had had it, I was done. I wasnít enjoying football like I used to anymore. So, it wasnít worth it for me anymore to continue to have to rehab and worry and constantly stress about my hamstrings. So, Kansas City put me on their reserve-retired list and thatís where I remain to this day.

RN: If you stayed healthy, how do you think football would have gone for you in the NFL?

PR:It was an issue where I had the confidence and the ability. I was actually surprised with my ability to perform--I donít think I skipped a beat from college to the NFL. If anything I thought I improved. I actually thought it was almost easier at the next level beating man-to-man coverage because they couldnít touch you after five yards. But, I just couldnít stay healthy. It was such a strain. I had so much stress all the time, worrying about my hamstrings. It wasnít about whether was it was going to pull, it was when it was going to pull.

RN: Do you miss football now, or are you comfortable with it?

PR:Iím so comfortable with it. I got married. Iíve got a beautiful wife. Thatís really what life is all about to me now. Football was the most important thing to me in my life. Football was the most important thing in my life, and I donít think I ever really gave anything else a chance to have real meaning in my life. Obviously I had my family, and loved them, but I never focused on anything but football. I never let girls become a part of my life. I dated girls here and there, but was always so tied up into football that I never gave them a chance to make an impact in my life. For some reason, I met my wife, and there was just something about her, and it made me realize that football was a hobby, and something I liked to do, but it wasnít life. Thereís a lot more important things in being happy with.

RN: Looking back at high school, you won three state championships, and put up great numbers individually. What did that do for you recruiting-wise?

PR:You know, I really wasnít that heavily recruited. CSU and Washington State were the only really two schools that I had consistent contact with from the start of my senior year until I committed. Schools started coming on late at the end like Kansas and Oklahoma--but it wasnít the same Oklahoma, it was the crappy Oklahoma--but that was really it. I heard and talked to Wyoming, Hawaii, Air Force, those kinds of schools here and there, but I always knew deep down inside that if CSU offered me, thatís where I wanted to go. Based on my experience with Sonny the summer before my senior year for football camp, and those guys, I knew it was where I wanted to go.

My favorite offer, and favorite phone call during the recruiting process was from Grambling. I thought it was a joke, I almost hung up on the guy.

RN: Grambling? Were you going to be the token white guy?

PR:Grambling. They were talking about me and a Jewish quarterback they had there being on Sports Illustrated being the two white guys at an all-black school. The quarterback was Jewish and I would have been the small white wide receiver.

RN: You redshirted in 1997--arguably CSUís best-ever season with 11 wins and a Holiday Bowl victory over Missouri. Even though you didnít play, how did that season impact you?

PR:To be honest, I was ticked off when they redshirted me. I felt like I was physically ready to play. I probably wasnít there quite yet mentally, but they ended up playing (fellow freshman Dallas Davis) and I knew that I was just as physically ready and mentally ready as he was and it ticked me off. But, at the end of the day, when you look back, it was the best thing that could have happened. Iím so glad they did redshirt me. It allowed me to kind of still be the 18-year old that I came in as and just be a kid and adapt. It allowed me to become close with my senior class. I was going through the Friday workouts with them and hanging out in the dorms with them on game weeks when we wouldnít travel, and just be guys with them. We had a lot of depth that year too, so had I played, it would have been a very limited role. So, it worked out well for me because after that year we lost some guys and I ended up getting to play almost as a starter for the next four years.

RN: Tell me about the next season--1998 when you started off great with a win over Michigan State but then got whipped by rival Colorado. Even though the season went on to an 8-4 year, you didnít go to a bowl game, and that season is regarded as one of the most disappointing seasons in recent history due to having so much talent. There were rumbles of poor chemistry and bad attitudes. Can you reflect on that?

PR:I think it was probably one of the most disappointing season in playersí and coachesí minds since Sonny has been there because the expectations were so high and the talent level was as good as itís ever been at CSU as far as speed and depth. But, we didnít have character. We did not have character. We had a bunch of individuals and a bunch of thugs that thought they were better than they were and nobody really accepted a specific role. Everyone wanted to be Ďthe guyí. And, it showed. We got our butts whipped by Rice, we got our butts whipped by CU, we got beat by Air Force, we got beat by Wyoming. We had guys sneaking out the night before the game, going out on the town. When we played down at Rice, we had guys sneaking out. Thatís a sad deal. We had great players on that team.

We had Kevin McDougal at running back, Damon Washington at running back, Darran Hall at receiver, Corey McCoy (at receiver), me, Dallas Davis (receiver), Frank Rice (receiver), Joey Porter (defensive end), Clark Haggans (defensive end), John Howell (safety), Erik Olson (safety). We had an unbelievable team. We just did not get it done. We thought we were good enough to just to show up and win because we finally had talent. But, that didnít work out. It was a great lesson for our class, I know that. For the guys I came in and played with, that it doesnít matter how talented we are. If we donít play together as a team and as a unit donít want to all hang out, get along, and be guys together then we werenít going to be worth a crap.

RN: The following season showed that improvement. The team came in with a statement game when you beat CU 41-14. What was that like for the players?

PR:I think that game was the first time where every single player that stepped on the field was not intimidated whatsoever by CU. Years past, they always had better athletes than us from top to bottom. They always had better speed. And, I know for me, my thinking when I went into the game was, ĎTheyíve got Damon Wheeler, Ben Kelly, big deal. I could care less about those kids. Theyíre faster than me, theyíre stronger than me, but weíre going to kick there butts today.í That was a mindset we had. Everyone had that mindset that we were ticked off that we got embarrassed the year before when everyone had high expectations for us to do well against them. In 1998, that was really the first year that people thought we were able to potentially win that game, and we got blown out. We all had a chip on our shoulder and we had just had enough. Each and every one of us knew what we were capable of doing as an individual and as a team. We went out there and hit them right in their face. They hit us back, and we hit them harder. We whipped their (butt) physically that game.

RN: So did you feel like the next year, when you beat them again 28-24 that it validated the 1999 win?

PR:That was it. We blew them out so bad (in 1999) that people were thinking it was a fluke. We wanted to validate that, and we did.

It started all with one guy--Matt Newton. The guy is one tough son of a gun. The only way to describe him is a winner. Thatís what he is, heís a winner. When you have a guy leading the team thatís a winner and he doesnít care who youíre playing and who the guy is that heís lining up against, he expects to win every time and that carries over to the guys.

RN: Iím glad you mentioned Matt Newton because he was my next question. You got to play with him at Cherry Creek high school, and then in college. He was never a flashy player, but he won a lot of games. Talk about his importance to the team.

PR:Itís so sick that he didnít even get a chance in the NFL. Thatís how stupid and corrupt the NFL is because theyíre going to give chances to guys like Justin Holland--and I love Justin Holland--but look at his record as a starter. He hasnít won games, but he throws the ball well. His ball looks nicer. Heís got better feet than Matt. Put all that aside, I want a guy who will take one on the chin and win a football game, and thatís Matt Newton.

He only started three years of football really since little league football. He started as a senior in high school--he had to wait until he was a senior in high school. What did he do there? He takes us to a state championship and we win that. Then he starts two years in college and we win two conference championships and go to two bowl games. You look at the winning percentage amongst the quarterbacks at CSU and heís at the top. Heís got a better winning percentage than any quarterback thatís every played at CSU.

Heís just tougher than hell physically and mentally. Iíve never heard a guy get so verbally abused in my life than what Fairchild used to do to him. And it didnít even phase them. It didnít phase him one bit. Most kids would have cried or quit the team. But with Matt, it was like pouring gasoline on a fire. He never would verbally show his emotion. He just kept his mouth shut and got it done. Youíve got to respect the hell out of a guy like that.

Heís phenomenal. The guy is a winner. He wins the chip-off at the football alumni golf tournament (in Winter Park in June), you play him in cards, heís going to win. No matter what he does, itís almost annoying because heís so freaking competitive--he has to win. Iím competitive and I like to win, but if weíre throwing beer cans in the trash can, I donít care if I win that, but he does. He takes everything so personally.

RN: Newton capped his career with a win in the Liberty Bowl over Louisville in 2002, a good way to go out.

PR:Yep. It was the highest AP ranking ever in the history of CSU. He was Player of the Year in the conference. We won 11 football games and he finished with the highest winning percentage as a quarterback in the history of the school, and he doesnít even get a chance (in the NFL). Thatís so ridiculous. Thatís so stupid.

Then you get a guy like Casey Bramlett from Wyoming who gets drafted by the Bengals. Thatís funny because the guy never won a game in college. Heís a loser, so I guess itís good the Bengals drafted him because theyíre a bunch of losers too. You can tell, I get (ticked) off that Matt didnít get a chance. He didnít even get taken into a camp. It drives me nuts.

RN: After Newton left, the quarterback position became a mess, just in time for your senior year in 2001. How was that experience with inexperienced quarterbacks D.J. Busch and Bradlee Van Pelt who really struggled throwing the ball?

PR:It was very frustrating. It was the most difficult time of my life as a football player because I knew what was at stake for me as an individual, but also as a senior class that had a lot of opportunity to accomplish things that no other class had done. At no fault of Bradlee or D.J.ís that hurt us that we couldnít go out from Day 1 with a solidified quarterback and execute some of the plays we had been running our whole career. We couldnít throw a Packer route, which was the best play in our playbook since 1995. We didnít complete one of those passes the entire season because we couldnít get the timing down. It just killed us. We were so limited in what we could do with the passing game that it was impossible for Dallas or I, or the rest of the receivers or tight ends to really showcase what we could do as individuals or even as a unit.

RN: The epitome of that 2001 season had to be the Louisville game (a 7-2 loss), right?

PR:Oh, the baseball game? They pitched a shutout. The pitcher was red-hot. Thatís how our season was. Hereís how I break down that season: Look at how many times Air Force passed the ball against us and how many times we threw the ball. They threw the ball 50 percent more than us. We threw the ball eight times against Air Force--eight times in one game. (Van Pelt was 6-of-8; Air Forceís Keith Boyea was 13-of-22.)

RN: Could you see Van Peltís improvement as the season went along?

PR:Oh absolutely. Hindsightís always 20-20, but he probably should have been the starter from Day 1. But, he just didnít have the experience physically as a passer to do what we as receivers would like to have seen him do. But, you canít take anything away from him. It was obviously very hard on him, and I felt bad for that. But, as the time, I guess I was somewhat being selfish. But, I wanted to be able to make plays with the ball in my hands, and he was just unable to get me the ball. And, he was hamstrung by the plays the coaches were calling because at the time they didnít trust him as a passer. But he worked his butt off and became a complete quarterback and thatís why heís the No. 2 quarterback for the Broncos to this day. I admire him and respect the hell out of him for showing all those naysayers that he does have the physical ability and the mindset to be a good quarterback.

RN: Did you ever think heíd come this far?

PR: Hell no. I was probably the first guy doubting him. He proved me wrong, and Iím glad he did. I canít believe sitting down there watching him against Virginia that first game of the 2002 season. I was sitting in a hotel in Kansas City and I was watching him throw the football and he looked like a completely different player. I think it was just because he finally got some confidence and finally got the go-ahead from the coaching staff to go out there and make plays with his arm.

RN: What is your favorite memory overall at CSU?

PR:Iíd have to say my junior season (in 2000). It was so much fun. We won some big football games. It wasnít like we went out there and blew teams out. If you remember, we were the ĎCardiac Kidsí that year, we always had to win the game with a minute or two left. I think just the experience of being around and living with Matt Newton for that year. All of my closest friends throughout the year, we all had a big role in that season, and we accomplished a lot, and I would have to say that is the best season in CSU history--winning 11 games and finishing 14th in the AP poll and beating a good Louisville team.

RN: What is your least favorite?

PR:Iíd have to say my least favorite memory was that (redshirt) freshman year (in 1998) when we went 8-4 and didnít make it to a bowl game. Senior year there was some bad times, but there were still things to be proud of, like us overcoming a 2-4 start to win five straight. But, I think the expectations were so high in 1998, and we didnít live up to one-quarter of what we should have been doing.

RN: Where does the 2001 Fresno State loss rank (a 25-22 defeat in which Rebstock caught a last-minute touchdown, only to have Fresno State come back and kick the game-winning field goal as time expired)?

PR:Oh yeah, that was definitely disappointing--going from the best feeling as a football player, I think, individually to the worst feeling ever. And, to top it off that night, I got arrested right outside the stadium because I took a traffic cone and threw it--right in front of my family.

RN: Iíve got to know more about this. Details please.

PR:The neighborhood I lived in that year was directly across from the parking lot where you exit Hughes Stadium. They had blocked it off because they didnít want people parking in there or cutting through the neighborhoods on the way home. It was about 1:15 a.m. and there were probably three cars left in the place. My parents and a couple of people from CSU and I were trying to exit the stadium and I wanted to go straight into the neighborhood so they could drop me off. And, the cop was being a jerk and he wouldnít let them go. So, I asked him, ĎWhere do we go, how am I going to get into my neighborhood? He told me that I could walk, which was ridiculous because I live about a half mile into the neighborhood. Well, I was already obviously so irate about the loss, so I just lost it. I jumped out of the car and took all the cones and started chucking them. Next thing, I got cuffed.

Luckily we were able to keep it under wraps now so it didnít make it into the newspaper. But, the worst thing was standing on the corner outside the stadium handcuffed with my family looking at me.

RN: Looking back at your overall experience at CSUÖa lot of athletes go to college only caring about football. But, did you feel you got a good education out of it?

PR:I did. I donít care if youíre at Harvard or Arapahoe Community College. You get out what you put into your education. I did enough to get by. But, to be honest, if I didnít have football, and didnít care about football as much as I did, I would have probably put a lot more effort into school. But, I did what I had to do. I got Bís and had decent grades, but I wasnít a kid that studied hard enough to get Aís. I could have, but only made time for Bís because most of my time and effort was spent on football, because thatís what I really loved and enjoyed.

RN: Did school prepare you for your job now?

PR:Yes, but it wasnít school that prepared me for what Iím doing now, it was football that prepared me for what Iím doing now. The time management that I have now being in my own business, I have to have the discipline to come in early because nobodyís telling me I have to come in at a certain time, or stay to a certain time. Itís just me wanting to build a good business, just like it was me wanting to be a better football player so I put the work in and put the time in. But, football was so demanding on your time that to be able to fit school in and fit a personal life in and just be a college student, you had to be structured. I had then and do to this day still go off an itinerary (like in football). I probably will the rest of my life. Thatís what keeps me structured and thatís what Iím comfortable with. Thatís what football still to me is--structure, because you had to be on time for meetings, otherwise you lose playing time. You had to be at your class to take the text and study for the test a little bit. And, youíd have to get your lift in, and youíd have meetings, and youíd have practice. And, oh by the way, you want to go out with the guys. To do that, you have to be organized.

RN: I know you still follow CSU football. What are your thoughts on whatís going on with the program?

PR:Iím worried. Iím worried for them. Itís hard to pinpoint specifically whatís happening. But, I think the attrition amongst the coaches in the program is whatís starting to really show through today. The fact that we lost a bunch of very good coaches--and thereís nothing against the coaches we have in there today. But, there are key positions that have been lost in that program that havenít been replaced, and I donít know if they ever will. I see glaring areas at CSU that are just completely different. I have no confidence and donít see anyway our special teams are going to go win a game for us right now. I donít know whose fault that is, if thatís Sonny or Dave Arnoldís or the effort that the kids are putting into it. But whenís the last time weíve seen CSU make a big play on special teams? Probably the last year Dexter Wynn was there. That was (former special teams coach) Brian Schneiderís last year, I think. (It was actually Darrell Funk; Schneider left for UCLA in 2002.) I just donít see the kids putting in the effort on special teams like we did when we were there. I mean, special teams won us three or four games every single year. And now, if anything, itís costing us football games.

RN: Current senior wide receiver David Anderson has turned into a Pete Rebstock clone. What are your thoughts on his development the past four years?

PR:He is phenomenal. And, Iím just so proud of him for the way he conducts himself as a football player and also his impact on the community off the football field. I donít know how many parents I talk to that have four-, five-, or six-year old kids that say ĎDave Anderson is just like you, my kid loves him. Dave Anderson signed this for him or gave him a wristband or said hi to him or played catch with him after practice.í Heís a superstar. Heís what you want in a football player and also a person. Iíve got the utmost respect for him and am so proud of him for what heís accomplished. I hope he can have a productive statistical season but also get the wins along with it. He deserves that.

RN: You like to stay involved with CSU. Youíve participated in the football alumni golf tournament, you volunteer on the athletic departmentís Denver Leadership Committee. But, thatís somewhat of a rarity with former players. You donít see many guys like Joey Porter donating large sums of money to their alma mater. What is the culture among former players in this regard? Why arenít there more former athletes giving back as volunteers or financially?

PR:I think the critical thing here is what weíre hopefully going to see as we progress--and who knows, itís going to depend on how we replace Sonny someday--but CSU didnít really have a good football program and have a good run. I donít think the players really enjoyed their experience as a football player at CSU until Sonny came in. So you look back from his first year in 1993 and you look back at guys that were around my year and weíre still just trying to establish ourselves in the business world and weíre just trying to be able to pay for a roof over our heads and start our lives. So, youíre not going to see the support from the ex-football players for a while financially, monetarily, because guys like us donít have money in our lives right now to contribute to CSUís football program.

You take the guys like Nugentís age and those guys who I donít think had a fun time playing football at CSU. I donít think they liked their experience, they didnít win. I donít think they liked their coaches that much, with the exception of a few guys who were there--Sonny was there for a short time with some of those guys. But, I donít think they had a great time with actual football at CSU, and so, itís probably hard for them to come back and give to the program when they really donít have much loyalty or love for because of their specific experience.

Youíve got guys like me and our crew that had a wonderful experience and had so much joy and got so much out of Sonny and the coaches so that when we can start to afford to contribute that we do. Itís important to give back because weíre kind of the start, and as long as they can keep good coaches in place and continue winning--and they have to win, thatís going to be important--then youíre going to see CSU get to the next level.

RN:Did you attend the season opener vs. CU in Boulder, and do you still attend many games?

PR:I didnít. I refuse to go to Folsom Field to watch a football game. Iím going to the Nevada game, and I would like to try to get to as many games as I possibly can. Itís tough with high school football because we have stuff going on on Saturdays even after Friday games. But I think itís important for me to go and support them now while I donít have kids.

But I do have to get back up there. Iím still so passionate and emotional about people verbally abusing players and coaches. I canít stand people saying bad things about the coaching staff or specific players in the stands or Ďwhy the hell did they call that play? Idiots!í It bothers me. I still have so much passion for Sonny. So, itís hard for me to sit in the stands and get in trouble. I like to be on the sidelines and be a part of it, and not hear of all the negative idiots thinking they know football. So, Iíd like to be on the sidelines and just enjoy it. That kind of feels like my home--thatís where Iím supposed to be.

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