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Training Camp Heroes Occasionally Go On To Stardom!

Where’s Kornheiser and his bandwagon?  I mean, considering all the loose baggage surrounding the new owner, will the bandwagon ever run again with WFT as long as Dan is driving the bus! I seriously doubt it.

Yet, here we are less than a week out and already, breakdowns, comparisons, yada, yada, yada.

It seems like most every training camp there is a host of stars: last season, Jimmy Moreland and Steve Sims.  This season seems like the star undoubtedly: Antonio Gibson (as Adrian Petersen and Derrius Guice did not survive the off season).

Gibson appears to be destined to start on Sunday as it might be a short lived or the beginning of a magical run, that is in the stars to decide how and if his WFT career goes.

Interestingly, this writer, sitting at a training camp in Carlisle Pennsylvania with a best buddy and a dad somewhere in the mid 1980s with the fun bunch a huge part of our WFT upbringing so we were mainly focused on the receiving corps that day as kids.  Two stars that day from the Carlisle peanut gallery: a kid by the name of Joe Phillips and the other receiver we thought looked good (with no knowledge he was coming from the USFL and a 2nd rd. draft pick) Gary Clark, old #84.

Wow, that day it was apparent that Joe or Gary was headed to stardom. One out of two is not that bad.

By the way, author note: this writer has heard some buffoons saying that WFT should erase their record books because of the deleted racist name. To them, this writer says, “WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING?” Our records and players go all the way back to our 1st season with Lone star Dietz and Cliff Battles (unsure if Battles was on that 1st team but you get the point…you can have the Boston stuff but no deleting WFT’s Xs and Os on-field legacies, etc).

Well, back to Gibson. This writer has never seen Gibson playing in a live game, does not like or pay particular attention to that lesser league, the NCAA.   Furthermore, since April 2020, Gibson has been a fan and social media favorite from such analysis as Mel Kiper (I guess Mel! Yes, this is a guess! Who really knows? Excuse the poor journalism) to WFTs countless arm chair quarterbacks. Gibson is hope to be the next Darren Sproles in appears or even James Brooks for old timers, …So, if this is the next star or Trung Candidate for WFT, time will tell.

Rick ‘Doc’ Walker once told me verbatim in an interview to not judge a player until a real live regular season game.  So, honestly, all of these predictions and player comparisons with other teams seem hysterical considering it is a new season for new stars to shine and most importantly, this is a completely new regime at WFT park with completely new systems.  It seems the only old thing left (can you call an owner a thing) seems well out of place!

However, for the sake of kicks and giggles, here is a review of Gibson. After the pick in April Gibson was built up as a steal.  ‘Who-is-this-guy’ was this writers thought from Gibson’s highlight reel, instantly a comparison made  to a former WFT great rookie: Ricky Ervins.

Even though Ervin was much shorter in terms of running styles, apparent speed and burst, body types and cutting ability is incredible without actually seeing Gibson between the lines during a regular season game (or preseason game or training camp scrimmage, at that).
This writer understands this comparison might be unfair to Gibson as Ervins was completely electrifying during that dream Super Bowl of 1991-92.

A favorite of mine and my buddy (from that Carlisle training camp), we were more than frustrated that Ervins did not really be given a longer shot with the WFT organization.

But in that rookie season of Ervins—so impressive, the best counter punch that WFT ever fielded.

It seemed with every touch it was: Go Ricky go! during every game of that magical season. During this upcoming Sunday, will we be saying, ‘Go Tony go’ or something like that, only time will tell!

WFT, Today!

 


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