|A special look, a special memory|
When I was a senior at Neville High School, I broke my collarbone after the sixth game. I was devastated.
I had planned to try to make All-State my senior year, but all my plans went out the window with the injury. Even though I had played in only six games, Northeast, now ULM, recruited me like every major college in America was after me. But that wasn't true. Northeast was the only team that wanted me.
I guess the good Lord rewarded me the next year at Northeast. I had a very good year as a freshman. I started the year off on defense, but during one of the games, one of our defensive backs, who also played on offense, had broken his shoulder pad straps, so I stayed in on offense. I performed well enough to start at halfback for the remainder of the season. I should have been elated. I was at the time, but when hunting rolled around the next year, I wanted to be able to take my little brothers hunting. They were only four and two when our father had died a few years earlier.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.