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When I was a kid, we used to play football in the front yard or down the street a few blocks at the elementary school. Plays were drawn up in the dirt, often with directions like "when you get to where the fire hydrant is, cut in and I'll hit you there." I guess that's how most kids in America get their start playing football. Later, some continue on to play in organized leagues or on school teams. But Jason Garrett's start in football was a little different.

Summertime at the Garrett house often meant unofficial workouts for whatever team papa Jim was coaching at the time. In the case of 1979, he was the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Jim Garrett's son, Jason, was 13. Standing in the back yard before a handful of pro running backs, Jason asked his dad, "Who is the quarterback?"

"You are," his father told him. "And let me tell you, if you don't throw the ball accurately or get them the ball when they need it, they aren't going to run hard.

"He was accurate, and they couldn't believe it."


You're 13 years old, and you're slinging the rock with the Cleveland Browns. Jason Garret was born to be a coach in this league.

dunkman's diary on the same article.

Jason Hatcher has turned into a star in his hometown.

Monday was declared Jason Hatcher Day in Jena by Mayor Murphy McMillin and the Jena Town Council. Everyone from former coaches to community leaders to current Jena High School students came out to celebrate Hatcher's ascension from high school star athlete to Grambling standout to a promising member of the Dallas Cowboys.