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ding ding ding. we have a winner.
I don't recall much about Bethea, other than he was a reciever, I think played with Sharpe a season? What made him so athletic? You got me curious. Didn't he get kicked off team?
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
I can only talk about '86' to present and I would have to say Ryan Bethea=Randy Moss before Randy Moss. Freak of an athlete. 6-5, ran a 4.3 in his sleep and could jump out of the stadium. He took the pressure off Sterling because he was the fast over the middle jump ball guy. Drugs and dating the Sheriffs daughter did him in. Got kicked out of school and then signed with Pittsburgh, who tried to turn him into a TE because of his size. Out of the league and then no idea. But talk about a kid if he had his head on straight. He could have been great.
First pitch in ninth grade baseball game was a homerun over the deepest part of the field. He could touch the top of the backboard as a sophmore in hs. He could double reverse slam and alley oop. I said double. I said reverse. He had the handles of a guard but the size of a forward. He could run a sub 4.3 if a weed wager was on the table.This was in the day when 4.6 was blazing. He could catch anything. . He has turned his life around but he had the genetics to be in the same class as Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson. Sterling Sharp in all of his greatness did not. Ryan's only real Achilles's heel was coke. He did what he had to, but he never put effort into the game. He practiced hard, but he never pushed himself. Why? Because he never had to. He went to the Vikings first and they were initially enamored with him, then they said he couldn't catch. By then, he was using and selling His mind wasn't in to football at the time. He is doing great now in holland or somewhere like that coaching. It is believed that he is in the whitest place on earth for several reasons, first and foremost the snow bunnies.
If you don't believe me, ask my wife. Since she doesn't read these boards, take my word for it.
He was big and fast but played in Sharpe's shadow most of his career. He had what was one of the biggest plays in Carolina football history when he received a crossing pass over the middle from Ellis around the 50 and took it down to inside the 10. Green ran it in for a TD on the next play. It broke open a really tight game against Clemson. I think this was 87. I can still see that play just like it was yesterday.
You, my friend, are a TRUE gamecock fan. I would high five you but this stupid monitor starts to sputter every time I try. Stay thirsty.
I haven't seen Sid since he was in college.... don't really know about what happened at USC but he came from nothing so when he go the chance to make some money it was a no brainer for him and his mom..... He really took care of his family so his decision to leave was based of family circumstances
Shaq thank you! Tramel Terry..... your on the clock :)
OK, when you say snow bunnies and whitest place on the earth, do you mean the white stuff he threw his career away for, or the women?? I agree with the other poster as well. I remember that play as if it was yesterday across the middle.
Just poking fun at Ryan because of his penchant for blue eyed devils. Just kidding, of course. I honestly feel like his biggest mistake wasn't the powder, but the daughter. If he was dating Cheryl Thorpe, he would have been a senior and a first rounder. That was a truly classless post by me, but I am too lazy to remove it. I will tonight after I think of something positive to say. I may slip to three star status if I keep playing.
Agree Grantz is my choice too.
That's pretty much what it amounted to on him going pro early. It was pretty much his mom's wish and him being a mama's boy, it was a no brainer for him. He had actually told Spurrier that he was coming back the next season but that was before he came home on break and talked to his mom. I really believe Sidney had all intentions on keeping his word to Spurrier because he loved it here but his mother wasn't having any of it after she had all of the vultures in her ear telling her all of the money Sid could make by leaving early. Sid got stuck between a rock and a hard place since he had already told Spurrier he had intentions of coming back before talking to his mom. Spurrier did get a little mad about it but that's just the type of guy he is because he felt Sidney had went back on his word. If the decision would have only included Sid then he would've have stayed until he graduated but unfortunately it didn't work out like that. I don't think there's any bad blood between them now but Sid and Spurrier's relationship isn't as great as it was at one time. I don't know if some of you guys ever paid attention on the sidelines during games when Sid was here but Spurrier loved and respected him like no other. You would see Spurrier go to the bench and sit down beside him and talk to him between plays. They had a great relationship and hopefully it will get back to that in the future.
I got a little off track above but to answer the thread topic I'll throw in Sidney, Syvelle, Ingram, CMatthews and BEllington. Jared Cook is a freakish athlete but the main problem with him was he let stuff get in his head too much. It didn't matter how overmatched you were but if you got in Cook's head then you had him beat.
I also remember it and agree that was a pivotal play in a defensive struggle.. Like many here was there in attendance also, turned to a buddy and said we was gone when he broke free. Bethea was without question a freak, but true 4.3 guys dont get caugh from behind(not saying you said he was a true 4.3 guy). I cant remember if it was tater AA Donnell Wolford who got him and was a blazer in his own right, and he may have had the angle in ths instance(I'd have to see it again), but do remember the year before Sterling catching a button hook at the 50, got a half step on the same tater and seperated in a foot race to the the endzone.
Not saying Sterling was faster than Bethea, in fact I'd tend to agree Bethea may have been of the two...but that play Sterling made in '86 was pure speed.
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TT was the first that popped into my head...
Not saying he's the best athlete in school history, but if I'm not mistaken Devin Taylor was a good basketball player in HS, and in fall practice this past year I saw him run drills with the receivers(probably just for fun) and he didn't look that bad doing it.
Corey Jenkins was a serious athlete. Too bad he went pro in baseball before the college experience.
He lost his NCAA egibility due to his attorney funding his plane ticket to deal with his car been held as evidence during the planted drugs in that car over him dating "Sheriffs daughter." He was not kicked out of school. He was without a doubt more naturally & physically gifted than Sterling...just not the worth ethics....and the 4.3 was legit he was up to 225 by the time the signed with the Steelers.
What are these worth ethics you speak of? I don't remember much about him. I remember Sterling being pretty physically gifted, and being speedier in college than late in his career in NFL. He was a hell of a kick returner, and his hands were something else.
DId Bethea have hands like Moss?
MI6 is the answer. His drill work has been the talk of the camps. He is going to be huge.
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