WinChill Factor: Razorback Seniors – Never Yield

 

2013 razorback seniors

I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh and share a song.

Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say, “So long”  – Closing song to the Carol Burnett Show

Well WinChillers, here we are.  The last WinChill Report for the season.  Will I be back next year?  Hard to say.  If pressed to answer, I’d guess that I’m going to be replaced by a short-sleeved, Dri-FIT technology-improved shirt.  Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to be replaced by (shudder) a sweater vest at this point.  But, it’s been a fun ride – apart from the fact that, well,…you know.

However, all season long I’ve chosen to focus on the positive and this time will be no exception.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Razorback Nation.  It is a diverse group of folks with a wide variety of opinions.  We’ve shared some good laughs this year and I’d rather think about those times instead of the losses.  But, this is not at all about me.  Not hardly.

I’d rather spend my remaining time recognizing the following:

2      Julian Horton WR      Norcross, GA
14      Eric Bennett S      Tulsa, OK
15      Price Holmes S      Batesville, AR
18      Zach Hocker K      Russellville, AR
19      Javontee Herndon               WR      Jacksonville, FL
36      Kiero Small FB      Baltimore, MD
38      Jerry Mitchell S      Mandeville, LA
39      Jarrett Lake LB      Jenks, OK
42      Chris Smith DE      Mount Ulla, NC
44      Robert Atiqa LB      West Valley City, UT
49      Austin Jones LB      Dallas, TX
54      Bryan Jones DT      Junction City, AR
64      Travis Swanson C      Kingwood, TX
69      David Hurd OT      West Monroe, LA
81      Demetrius Wilson WR      Glendale, AZ
86      Brad Taylor TE      Springdale, AR
87      Austin Tate TE      Harrison, AR
98      Robert Thomas DT      Muskogee, OK

 

These are your Razorback seniors (with deep apologies in case I omitted anyone).  Young men who represented this program as best they could through all manner of adversity.  Three head coaches in three years?  Child, please.

Added, however, to the weight of adversity of these seasons is the personal realization that the LSU game will likely be the last time many of them ever step on the field as a player.  That sobering awareness that they will never again put on the pads when it seemed that, as a wide-eyed 7th grader, they’d get to wear them forever – well, that can be a hard pill to swallow.  However, if they remember the many lessons they’ve learned while playing this demanding game, they will do well.

May the transition be smooth and may their success in life after football greatly exceed the challenges they faced during their playing days.

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This week’s WinChill Factor is, quite simply, the Senior Class of Razorback football players.  If there is one great compliment we can give this team and the leadership they displayed, it is this:  They never quit.

Until we meet again, Fear the Sleeves.

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Coach Bielema’s Windbreaker made its physical presence known on August 31, 2013.  It is chock full of Razorback spirit, has an unhealthy hatred of sweater vests and fears nothing (other than a hot iron on the “Cotton/Linen” setting).  As game days approach, the Windbreaker can be found interacting with the Razorback faithful on Twitter (@BielWindbreaker).

At times, the Windbreaker associates with Shayne Smith, a lifelong resident of central Arkansas who has been known to begin sentences with “Notwithstanding the foregoing….”

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8 Responses to “WinChill Factor: Razorback Seniors – Never Yield”

  1. nchogg
    November 30, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Hard to swallow. As a fan it’s not as hard on me as it is the players and coaches. I support this team past and future. The future looks good. Go Hogs!

  2. Allen_Tx_Hog
    December 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Many of us fans have never shook your hand, played a down on the field of play, or said thanks for being part of the RAZORBACK NATION FAMILY. Well, if you guys see this post I am saying it loud and clear: THANK YOU FOR BEING A STUDENT ATHLETE AND REPRESENTING OUR YOUofA!

  3. Deltaboy
    December 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks to all these SR Hogs who went through so much.

  4. NCHogFan
    December 3, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Nice shout out to a great group of seniors! Also, very positive piece, Shayne!

    • Shayne Smith
      December 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks, NCHogFan. I thought those guys went through a tremendous amount of adversity and just wanted to thank them for how they represented the school and the state.

  5. DrDavido
    December 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Saaaaalute! What a great group of young men. Hold your head high, guys. You did your part! Never yield!

    • Barry
      December 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      Worse season in memory. Sorry but true.

      • Hawg Fan
        December 9, 2013 at 10:22 am #

        Barry you suck. Sorry but true!!

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