What Kind Of Player?

We all have traits we like in players. Courage and determination are key to success in football and life, and .NET's Les Norton shows us an example of both qualities you'll take to heart!

We all have lots of discussions about what kind of players we want on our football team. We as a group want fast ones, slow ones, smart ones, talented ones, “working men”, and many other types.

It probably takes all kinds to make a complete team. But I kind of like the scrappy, not-so-talented players. You know, the ones that are borderline skill-wise, but are so driven that they succeed where a teammate with far more natural talent can never quite get over the hump. Or someone that has some limiting physical problem that they just ignore and go on to become a valuable part of the team. Yes the NFL is full of stories about men like Rocky Blier (who lost part of a foot in Vietnam) who overcame physical injuries and became stars.

Lately, I’ve been watching a star with physical limitations who has shown me as much courage as anyone who has ever put on pads and run onto a football field.

My wife and I have had Miniature Doberman Pinschers for the last 10 years. Our first one, Candy, was the light of our lives - cute smart, protective, and very loving. All of this in a very small package, 8 1/2 lbs. She showed signs of having pancreas trouble when she was 4 and thanks to a good vet and being able to find food that she could process, we got 5 more years. But as all good things come to an end, we had to have her put to sleep last May. I miss her to this day. She was my pal.

At our age, we really didn't want to start with a puppy again. So, I contacted the Miniature Pinscher Rescue Society online and asked about adoptions. After checking us out they told us about a dog from Nampa, Idaho that was 6 years old and needed a home.

But what a story. Her owner was put in a nursing home and had to give the dog up. It was a female, spayed, that had contacted diabetes and had to have shots twice a day. On top of that, cataracts in both eyes made her just about completely blind. They asked us if we would consider taking her as a foster family. These people take care of animals until they are adopted. But they told us that this dog would never be adopted as no one wanted to take on all of those problems. They had put her in a foster home and the family after having her for a couple of weeks decided to take a months vacation traveling and put her in a kennel! So, after talking about it, we agreed to take her. Went to Pendleton, Oregon to meet a lady from Boise, Idaho that met us halfway.

Selene is almost twice the size of our current Minpin - 15 lbs opposed to 8 1/2. She is simply amazing. The first day in our home, she managed to get into a place we store the dog food that none of the other animals had been able to get and gorged herself with dog food. Let out in our backyard for the first time, she wandered around checking things out. She seems to have radar about large walls and fences. With wire ones, she has to go slow and feel her way along with her nose. She climbed up on top of a stack of bricks that none of the other animals had been able to do. Yesterday the wife found her on top of the computer desk. Apparently she wanted to send a message. She runs out to greet the mailman like an old friend, walks through the neighbors’ gate and says hello to them. Leave the back door open about 6" to the back yard and she can come and go as easily as our other dog. By the way, I had to fence our garden because she likes the tops of radishes and will eat the tops off of the ones in the ground.

To make a long story short, don't tell her that she can't do that because she's blind. Chances are she is already doing it.

That's the kind of football player I want on my team. The kind that will just do it!

Les Norton is an admin for the .NET Fan Forum (as PithyRadish) and a contributor to Seahawks.NET. Feel free to contact him at injunjoe107@hotmail.com. Feel free to contact Selene there, as well.

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