Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fuzzy Words. Sharp Logic.

Avoid the Distractions. 
Enjoy the Game. 
Respect the Team.
- Fuzzy Thurston

Fuzzy Thurston is not a man who anyone would likely have mistaken for a mid-to-late 20th Century American philosopher.  And for good reason.  

He was not.  

Thurston spent the better part of a decade, beginning in 1958 and continuing through 1967, earning his living as an offensive lineman in the NFL, during which time he was a member of six NFL Championship-winning teams.  He was a back-up offensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts when Alan Ameche won "The Greatest Game Ever Played" against the Giants in the '58 Championship game and from 1959 through 1967 he and fellow guard Jerry Kramer provided the power in the vaunted "power sweep" that led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL titles, as well as blowout victories in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.  

Approximately three weeks ago - or thereabouts - Fuzzy Thurston died.  He was eighty years old.  He was in poor health - as he had been for several years - as his mind and body fought a losing battle against the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease.  

While he did not live to see the dawning of this day and with it the advent of a new year, this nine-word mantra has.  As well it should.  Irrespective of who we are and what we do, they are irrefutably words for all of us to live by.  

"Fuzzy, Was He?"

Indeed he was.  And prescient as hell too.  

Happy New Year.   Make it a good one.  


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