Hey, this is M. Scott Morris. You know? From the Daily Journal.
Parrish Alford offered me a little space in his blog to bring you a few words from former Ole Miss quarterback Jim Weatherly, who was part of teams that won two SEC championships and one national championship in the early 1960s.
The Daily Journal is featuring the Pontotoc native in an upcoming issue with a story about his upcoming induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.
But we touched on other topics during a phone interview from his home in Brentwood, Tenn.
For one thing, you might be interested to know the 71-year-old has had knee and hip troubles, though he’s not sure if that was caused by his days on the college gridiron.
“I think a lot of it was due to sports,” he said, “but I think a lot of it is kind of the luck of the draw.”
He said he thinks there are more injuries in football today than when he played, and he has an idea why.
“I think there would be less injuries today if they went back to wearing the uniforms we wore,” he said. “We wore uniforms that weren’t as protective as they are today. With what we wore, we couldn’t afford to use our bodies as spears and weapons, so we just tackled. We didn’t try to hurt anybody.
“What they tried to do was improve the equipment over the years so there would be less injuries,” Weatherly continued, “but what’s happened is they’ve made it so players can actually use their helmets and bodies as weapons. They’re so well protected so you see people get knocked silly.”
It’s something for football fans to consider, along with spring football, the upcoming NFL draft and other off-season topics.
By the way, his induction into the hall of fame will be June 12 and tickets are $1,000 each. Weatherly said everyone’s invited.