The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


June 28, 2008

What I meant to say was...

Growing up I would occasionally say something that came out of my mouth wrong and was taken to mean something entirely different — my wife would probably claim I still do this from time to time.

After one of these verbal lapses would escape my lips, I would hear a phrase that drove me nuts — say what you mean and mean what you say.

Apparently, that applies to journalists as well.

One thing I have wanted as the sports writer is reader feedback on what you would like or don’t like about the sports section or any story ideas you might have.

This week, two stories that appeared in The News Courier sparked the type of response I have been seeking but at a higher level than expected.

The stories — “Athens is a hot bed for pro athletes” and “Hendrix home to watch draft” — both mentioned athletes that have come out of the Limestone County area and reached the top levels of professional sports.

In my column I mentioned Richard Hendrix, who was drafted earlier this week, Philip Rivers and Michael Boley — both of which are on current NFL rosters.

It was stated in the Hendrix story that he would be the second person from Athens High School to reach the pros.

In both cases, there were inaccuracies. There have been many more pros from the Limestone County area.

I had intended for the column to be about current athletes, but I messed that up because I failed to mention Lee Vickers.

Vickers, an Athens High graduate, played nine games —started two — with the Baltimore Ravens last season as a tight end. He had two receptions for four yards.

The Hendrix story was incorrect; Hendrix actually became the sixth person from AHS — which we know of — to make the pros.

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