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The Making of a Legend

The dictionary defines the word legend as a non historical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical. That sounds to me like something that may only partially be legit, a fable of sorts, like the tortoise and the hare or possibly something embellished to a point where it's become complete fantasy. No! That's not what I'm talking about at all. I'm talking about factual events many of us middle aged people were there to witness. It was recorded. We can watch the video tape and listen to the audio. There's no mistaking it for being true, it's been documented, written in stone and is not open to interpretation.

I'm talking about a Sagittarius man born November 30th under the name William Earnest Walsh more commonly known as Bill. He was an assistant of Al Davis putting him in Sid Gillman's coaching tree. He developed the west coast offense and is vastly respected. Originally, many questioned whether anything he was doing was going to work. I'm talking about a 5'9" 200 lb kid born in Colombia Mississippi whose heart and determination enabled him to run any and everybody over, no matter how big and strong they were. It was simply "Sweetness" to watch him run. Many said he was too small. I'm referring to a kid molded by "The Hill" whose work ethic had him spotted by teammates running routes three days after winning the super bowl. He dropped damn near every pass thrown his way when he debuted in the NFL, but he soon came to have not one rival when anyone asks, "who's the greatest wide receiver of all time?" They are legendary!

Legendary greatness is so unpredictable isn't it? Can you believe teams actually passed on Michael Jordan? If we could only see into the future. It's more common to say this person or that person won't make it, that they'll fail miserably right? The chances are against it. I mean it isn't like you can run out to the nearest grocery store and pick up a six pack of legendary. The legends previously mentioned all had their struggles and non-believers just as I myself believe the sooner we fire Dennis Allen the better. But wouldn't it be something? What if ? What if Murray threatens the all time rushing record? What if Allen wins five super bowls? What if Mack ends up with 240 career sacks?

What do you think? After all the struggle we're do aren't we? Is it possible we have legends in our franchise right now? How can you tell? Do you see it in there demeanor or personality? Are they driven like Rice and Payton? Are they so confident in their abilities that they're laid back like Montana and Walsh? Are we looking at the making of legends? I for one can't wait to see them turn the corner if they are.

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