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Pete Athas Jersey Sale

There’s nothing uncommon about an NFL player with Dade County roots. What’s uncommon about Edison High graduate Pete Athas, a Miami resident who died June 28 at 67 from lymphoma, is he played three times as many NFL seasons as he did college games.

Athas walked on at Tennessee in 1966, played two games for the freshman team (freshmen weren’t eligible until 1972), then quit the team in disinterest. He married Becky Henry in 1967 and, needing a job, began playing in the Continental Football League for the Orlando Panthers. Athas racked up 19 interceptions in two Continental League seasons.

The Panthers coach, Jimmy Garrett, later became a Dallas scout and the New York Giants defensive coordinator. That led to Dallas making Athas a 10th round draft pick in 1970 and the Giants signing the Hackensack, NJ native as a free agent in 1971.

Athas would make 13 interceptions in four seasons with the Giants, returning one for a touchdown. He played for Minnesota and Cleveland in 1975 and closed his career with New Orleans in 1976.

He’s survived by his wife and a son, Pete Athas, Jr.

Pete Athas, who had a brief tenure at Tennessee on the 1966 freshman team and later played six seasons in the National Football League, died June 28 in Miami from lymphoma. He was 67.

A native of Hackensack, N.J., and a graduate of Edison High School in Miami, Mr. Athas walked on at Tennessee, but left the squad in the fall of his freshman season.

Eric Patterson Jersey Sale

Harris Funeral Home is celebrating 28 years of serving the community by assisting outstanding local students. The Harris Funeral Home Memorial Scholarship program, now in its 19th year, helps students reach their educational goals.

Each recipient is awarded a $500 scholarship to be applied toward any education-related cost, as is chosen by Cornelia Johnson, Teresa Smith and Harriet Billups of the Harris Funeral Home Scholarship Committee.

To date, more than $55,000 have been awarded to area students. This year’s three recipients are:

Curtis McMillian
Curtis is a 2019 graduate of Auburn High School. The son of Sarah McMillian plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design and major in Film and Television, with an eye toward a career in filmmaking and composing.

Celeste Frazier
Celeste graduated from Opelika High School in May 2019. The daughter of Monica Frazier is looking forward to becoming a part of the Alabama State University family. She plans to major in Computer Science, with a possible career as a system analyst.

Erica Echols
Erica graduated from Loachapoka High School in May 2019. The daughter of Kendra Ward and Eric Patterson plans to attend Chattahoochee Valley Community College and major in Public Safety, with the desire to one day become an emergency medical technician.

Don Clark Jersey Sale

Butler Snow, the fast-growing Am Law 200 firm concentrated in the Southeast, will expand in Baton Rouge when all 17 lawyers from KSWB join the firm Jan. 1.

With the lateral group, Butler Snow will grow its office in the Louisiana capital to 24 lawyers, making Baton Rouge its fifth largest location.

Don Clark, chairman of 385-lawyer Butler Snow, said the firm was looking to beef up in Louisiana, and the KSWB lawyers are a good match.

He said the existing Butler Snow lawyers in Baton Rouge suggested initiating talks with the KSWB group, and discussions have been going on for about six months. The two firms’ Baton Rouge offices are located in the same building, and KSWB senior partner Lee Kantrow said they will combine in his firm’s larger office after the first of the year.

“We were targeting Baton Rouge and New Orleans. We still hope to expand in New Orleans as well,” said Clark, who will step down as chair at the end of the year.

He said the firm is engaged in “ongoing discussions” with lawyers in both New Orleans and in Dallas, but is also eyeing growth in Denver and the Carolinas. The firm was included in the Am Law 200 this year with a debut ranking of 155.

In addition to Kantrow, the lawyers joining Butler Snow in Baton Rouge include Connell Archey, Sidney Blitzer Jr., Diane Crochet, Keith Fernandez, Jennifer Aaron Hataway, George Holmes, Lee Kantrow, Jacob Kantrow, W. Scott Keaty, Allena McCain, Julie McCall, Joshua McDiarmid, John Miller, Randal Robert, David Rubin, Bob Tucker and Richard Zimmerman Jr.

Kantrow, whose father founded KSWB in 1933, said the move to Butler Snow will benefit his firm’s clients, because of Butler Snow’s broad range of practice areas and its network of offices.

Butler Snow, founded in Jackson, Mississippi, has 27 locations.

KSWB’s practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, corporate, litigation, real estate, employment law, estate planning, succession work and health care, according to Kantrow. He declined to identify the group’s clients, but said they include hospitals, large medical practices, accounting practices, industrial companies and private equity firms.

Kantrow said the firm has been approached many times about potential combinations, but this was the first time a deal made sense.

“The more we had discussions, the more we thought there was a fit of cultures, fit of professional standards [and] dedication of professional service,” he said.

Marc Brown Jersey Sale

When Arthur creator Marc Brown returned home after dinner out with his wife Monday night in New York, he arrived to a flood of emails alerting him he was “blowing up” social media.

“I wondered what was happening. I started to get emails from family and friends about ‘You’re blowing up Twitter!'” Brown told CBC News on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown’s long-running PBS kids’ show — centred on the anthropomorphic aardvark of the title — had kicked off its 22nd season on Monday. The season premiere episode revolves around the wedding of Mr. Ratburn, whose impending nuptials Arthur and his friends attempt to derail in a case of mistaken identity.

The episode ends with a revelation: that their grade-school teacher is gay.

Both the inclusion of an LGBT character as well as the kids’ “no big deal” reaction within the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” drew praise from many on social media.

“I started to read some of the comments from people and it just made me feel great,” Brown said.


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Whether it’s dealing with asthma, being in a single-parent family, welcoming an adopted sibling or figuring how to react when a grown-up is diagnosed with cancer or Alzheimer’s, the show’s goal has always been to reflect the reality of what kids are facing, said Brown, who also wrote and illustrated the Arthur books the animated series is based on.

“With Arthur, we have an opportunity to deal with all kinds of characters. We go into their lives and we want to see how they’re connected with their families,” Brown said, adding that Arthur characters are inspired by people he knew growing up (including a real-life schoolteacher who inspired Mr. Ratburn).

“Art reflects life. Life reflects art. And I think that kids need to see what’s happening in the world.”

Marc Brown says the characters seen in Arthur are based on real people from his childhood in Erie, Penn., including a grade-school teacher who inspired Mr. Ratburn. (CBC)
It’s not the first time the Arthur universe has incorporated LGBT relationships. In a 2005 episode of the spinoff series Postcards from Buster, which mixed animation with live-action footage, Arthur’s bunny best friend visits family-run farms in Vermont. The parents of the kids featured are shown to be two lesbian couples.

At the time, the episode sparked major controversy, with public broadcaster PBS announcing it would not distribute the instalment to its stations and then-secretary of education Margaret Spellings complaining about public money being used to promote alternative lifestyles. Dozens of PBS affiliates elected to air the episode anyway.

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On Tuesday, PBS released a statement addressing the social media reaction to “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.”

“PBS KIDS programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation. We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS KIDS every day,” the public broadcaster said in the statement.

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One of the great things about television is how it can offer parents the opportunity to explore different kinds of stories with their children and then expand upon and discuss what they’ve seen, Brown said.

“I had a wonderful friend in Fred Rogers [of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood] …. What he taught me was how to use television to be helpful to kids and families. That’s kind of where I come from and that’s what we try to do with the show.”

Keith Williams Jersey Sale

Labour has announced plans to slash rail fares by 33% and simplify ticket prices for part-time workers if it wins the election on 12 December.

The party also wants to make train travel free for young people under the age of 16 and build a central online booking portal with no booking fees.

The proposal is part of broader plans by the party to nationalise the UK’s train system.

Conservative Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the plan was “desperate”.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have also pledged to improve transport.

“Privatisation has created one of the most complex, exploitative and expensive ticketing systems in the world,” said Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow transport secretary.

“Labour will scrap the bewildering and outdated fares and ticketing system that discriminates against part-time workers, discourages rail travel and excludes the young and low-paid.”

Labour says nationalisation – which it plans to achieve within five years of coming to power – will allow fares to be capped and improve the reliability of services.

The Conservatives’ Mr Shapps said: “This is another desperate attempt from Labour to distract from their inability and unwillingness to be straight with people on where they stand on Brexit, and the fact they would raise taxes on low and middle-income workers across the country.

“You simply cannot trust [Jeremy] Corbyn to deliver what he claims. His ideological plans would wreck our economy, cost people their livelihoods and with the help of Nicola Sturgeon, would waste the whole of next year on two more chaotic referendums.”

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By Katie Prescott, BBC weekend business correspondent

In keeping with their proposals to nationalise the railways, Labour’s plans to significantly cut fares would see a reverse in the direction of travel for policies on train fares since privatisation.

Since 1995, successive governments have tried to move the day-to-day cost of running the railways onto fare-payers and away from the taxpayer. At that time, it used to be split 50/50 – now it’s more like 75% on the shoulders of the passenger.

The argument goes that by raising fares in line with the Retail Prices Index inflation figure each year, government spending on the railways can be reserved for investment in infrastructure.

Announced just two days after the average train fare rise of 2.7% was published, and coinciding with major industrial action on several lines in the run-up to Christmas, Labour’s proposal for a significant cut to fares could prove popular with commuters.

The future of ticketing and rail fares is just one of the issues being looked at by a major review into the UK’s railways due to report after the election.

It is led by Keith Williams, the former boss of British Airways, who is particularly interested in how innovation in aviation fares and ticketing could be applied to the railways.

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Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have pledged to freeze peak-time and season ticket train fares for the next five years and cancel the 2.7% rise in rail tickets from 2 January 2020. They also plan to complete the HS2 high-speed rail link.

And the Conservatives are pledging to improve transport links as part of a £3.6m Towns Fund.

They have also promised to give more funding to local combined authorities to improve bus and train services and put £500m into reversing cuts to the railway network made in the 1960s.

The Brexit Party’s flagship transport policy is scrapping the HS2 rail project – a goal it shares with the Green Party.

Tyrone Rush Jersey Sale

Jersey City police have arrested a man they say shot another man on July 3, authorities said.

Tyrone Rush, 35, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt and conspiracy for the shooting of a 34-year-old man in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue, Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

That shooting was one of at least seven since June 25 that left at least 14 people with gunshot injuries, according to Jersey Journal reporting. City officials said there have been several arrests in connection with uptick in shooting incidents over the past two weeks.

Shooting incidents and homicides are down in the city in 2019, compared to previous years. City officials blamed the uptick in violence “to be largely attributable to several key individuals being released from jail recently,” Wallace-Scalcione said.

Rush was arrested on July 3 after police identified him using CCTV video. He arrested by his parole officer after being alerted by Jersey City police, Wallace-Scalcione said.

I.M. Hipp Jersey Sale

LINCOLN — I.M. Hipp was no different from any other 18-year-old out on his own for the first time, realizing that Lincoln was a long way from all that he knew back in Chapin, South Carolina.

And after Hipp finished his freshman football season at Nebraska, the brunt of his first Midwest winter chilled him to the bone.

“I came with a pair of jeans and some flannel shirts,” Hipp said, “and the first winter it was, like, 65 degrees below wind-chill.”

The I-back went to coach Tom Osborne and said he didn’t think he could take it. He was going back to South Carolina.

“He told me, ‘Think about it, Isaiah, because we love you, and I think you’re a great player,’” Hipp said. “I said, ‘Coach, I just don’t know.’ But I spoke to my great-grandmother, and she said, ‘God has put your feet on the path, and I don’t think you should change your mind. It would not work out to your benefit.’ And I stayed.”

Hipp remembers finding an appropriate coat at a department store on O Street. He let the rest take care of itself.

After redshirting in 1976, he became one of the most famous walk-ons in program history and the first Husker to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Even with turf toe limiting him as a senior in 1979, he would leave NU with a school-record 2,814 rushing yards — still good for No. 10 on the all-time list.

Hipp has lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the last 17 years working in property management, maintaining apartment complexes for a real estate company. He took up golf about 10 years ago and is currently a 2 handicap, once firing a 68 at his home course (Heron Ridge Golf Club).

It has been a while since Isaiah Moses Walter Hipp has been back to Lincoln, but he still follows Husker football, and his oldest daughter, Jandra, is married to former NU and Green Bay Packers cornerback Erwin Swiney.

More on football, golf and the name that is hard to forget:

Q: What finally got you on the golf course when you were almost 50?

A: A contractor was on site doing some patio doors and windows and invited me out. My response was, “You lost your mind?” I was out there in my jeans and boots. Played 18. But just like everything else I’ve done, I put my mind to it and my body and my soul, and it came to fruition.

Q: Were you ever known as I.M. Hipp before coming to Nebraska?

A: It was always Isaiah. It was not until (former NU sports information director) Don Bryant came up with it.

Q: What do people call you now?

A: I.M. or Isaiah. Or Pops.

Q: How was a kid from a small town in South Carolina so interested in Husker football?

A: There was a rivalry within the neighborhood. Oklahoma was always No. 1 back then, and if not them it was Nebraska. And if not us, Michigan or Ohio State. It was on Thanksgiving Day (the 1971 NU-OU game), and everybody in the community was going, “Oklahoma, Oklahoma.” I said, “OK, I’ll go Nebraska then.” And we won, and from then that’s when I wanted to go there.

Q: You not only didn’t have a scholarship but hardly had the money to get here. How again did you make it?

A: There was a high school sweetheart, and I worked in a Manpower program at the time, and we came up with the money. A plane ticket at that time was $97. My great-granny gave all she could. We paid for the ticket, and I got on the plane, and it was only a one-way ticket. There was no option for me not to make it.

Q: What was the reception like when you showed up as mostly an unknown?

A: The letter came to me in Chapin and said meet in the auditorium on the second floor on the south side of the stadium, so just like everybody else that’s what I did. After everybody left, I was still there. Coach (Mike) Corgan happened to come back in and said, “How can I help you?” I said, “I’m here to play football.” He went out and came back in with Tom, and they said, “Sorry, we don’t have your name on the roster. What is your name?” When they asked me what position I was here to play and I said running back, they said they were going to try me at wingback. I said, “That’s not going to work.”

Q: You hung 254 yards on Lee Corso in your first career start (vs. Indiana in 1977). You think he still remembers that?

A: Ah, I’m sure he does. I went back to get inducted into my high school hall of fame, and there was a player named Jerry Bowers who played with me in high school (and at Indiana), and he remembered that. That was a segment of his speech, that he remembered the 254, but he made sure to point out that I had no touchdowns.

Q: How did it go splitting the workload with Rick Berns in 1977 and ’78?

A: It was great. At one time, we played or tinkered with the wishbone and, believe it or not, tinkered with the veer, too. We would practice with the wishbone but only did it in one series in the spring game in ’78.

Q: Would it have worked?

A: It would have worked perfectly. Tom Sorley and Jeff Quinn would have ran it perfectly. Tom had run the veer in high school, and Jeff ran the wishbone. Then Andra Franklin at fullback. He ran something like a 4.5 40. And with Rick and I … oh, Lordy.”

Q: Did you have any idea what turf toe was before 1979?

A: It was very confusing to me. In the Iowa game, I thought I stubbed my toe against somebody. Then, when I got back, the doc said it was a bruised sesamoid. The ligament under the big toe was inflamed. After that game, that Saturday night, my foot swelled up like a balloon. They tried to work with that special cap for my toe for me to push off, but the pain was excruciating, and I couldn’t. Then it developed into gout because of calcium buildup around the joint.

Q: What do you remember about visiting with Bear Bryant after the Nebraska-Alabama game in 1977?

A: I remember walking across the field, and I remember a fan of ours came out of the stands and took his hat. He said, in that deep Southern voice, “I.M., don’t worry about it. I got many of those. They come a dime a dozen.” Actually, he wanted to know how did I get past them and all the way to Nebraska. He said, “Did you ever think about coming to Alabama?” I said, “You all wrote me a letter wanting me to visit, but my heart was with Nebraska.”

Q: Were you interested in lifting before you got to Lincoln or did that all start with Boyd Epley?

A: I lifted in high school. I bought some free weights, the plastic ones with the cement in them, and built my own squat stand, built some other racks. Everything was homemade. In order to be the person I wanted to be physically, it was something that I always had to do.

Q: What was behind wanting to lift on game days?

A: I would work my legs. I felt that it would help to strengthen my knees and give me more endurance. I felt energetic. It’s almost like some people believe in getting an hour of rest before a game. Me, I believed in working out. As soon as we’d get to the stadium, I’d put my pants on, come in and have George (Sullivan) tape me, then I’m in the weight room.

Q: How did that go over?

A: They put a big sign up, a poster up, that said: “I.M., Stay Out of the Weightroom.” But I would still go, and George or Snitzy (Paul Schneider), one of the trainers, would find me and kick me out. Or Osborne would come in and catch me.

Q: Do your three daughters care about all these old stories and all of Dad’s accomplishments?

A: They do, but not so much, and I try not to lavish so much in it. But when we go out in public and somebody finds out who I am, and they want to start talking about it, then they hear it.

Q: Are you glad the Husker walk-on program is still alive and well?

A: I’m glad it’s back to where it should be because I understand that, I think it was Coach (Bill) Callahan, he wanted to do away with some of it. Without that tradition, a lot of players would have not had that opportunity. A lot of great players would not get that opportunity.

Kenneth Durden Jersey Sale

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans have placed five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Cameron Wake on injured reserve after the 37-year-old veteran was hurt late in their win over the Jaguars.

The Titans announced a handful of moves Tuesday.

Wake signed a three-year contract in March. He had 2 1/2 sacks in the opening win over Cleveland, giving him 100 1/2 for his career. Wake played in nine games this season.

The Titans also placed defensive back Chris Milton on injured reserve. They filled the spots by promoting a pair of undrafted rookies in outside linebacker Derick Roberson and cornerback Kareem Orr from the practice squad. They also added defensive lineman Joey Ivie and defensive back Kenneth Durden to the practice squad.

Roberson had 23 sacks in 32 games at Sam Houston State, and Orr had five interceptions in 20 games played at Chattanooga.

Jerry Crafts Jersey Sale

The Franklin County Annex Building at 839 Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester was not in its usual government headquartering format Friday and Saturday, looking more reminiscent of a carefully planned arts and crafts shopping area.

The Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society Jerry Crafts held its Holiday Market throughout the former high school building with the main hallway strategically geared to move shoppers through the facility in front of all the boutique-style arts and crafts the fair had to offer, setting a festive tone for the gift-giving season.

Sandi Mackey, Holiday Market chairperson who also handles the organization’s publicity, said 58 total booths had been set up to accommodate 50 exhibitors with some occupying two spaces.

The event’s objective is to raise money for the STLS Scholarship Foundation which has benefitted 71 students from Franklin, Coffee, Grundy, Lincoln and Moore County high schools with a total of $209,000 in scholarships raised since its inception in 2009.

The STLS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds from the sale of booth spaces, food items and goods sold in the showcase booths benefit the STLS Scholarship Foundation.

Mackey said she was hoping that the Holiday Market would be able to add about $4,000 to the fund to benefit future students.

She said the Holiday Market serves a two-fold purpose — in addition to raising scholarship money, it allows arts and craft vendors an opportunity to showcase their items and allow the customers to share in unique offerings. She added that the fair promotes a local economy, unlike internet-derived sales.

“It’s wonderful,” Mackey said, adding that vendors from as far away as Crossville were at the event.

Susan Weir’s booth was called “Forever Faithful by Susan” and offered boutique jewelry items.

Weir, from Dunlap, said it was worth her time and effort to venture over to the other side of Monteagle to participate in the Holiday Market.

She said Friday afternoon that the turnout looked good, considering it was a work day with Saturday still to go when many residents would not be at their jobs and would be able to visit the event.

“I feel very happy with it,” Weir said. “I love the community feeling of the small-town atmosphere here, and the people are wonderful. They come by and really support the event.”

Larry and Sherry Wendland from Tullahoma said they enjoyed the opportunity to market Larry’s hand-turned writing pens made from exotic wood.

Sherry said the couple may be retired, but they keep active with the pen-producing operation.

“I love it,” she said, referring to the Holiday Market. “This gets me out of the house, and it’s a lot of fun.”

The couple agreed that they enjoyed interacting with those attending the event.

Jerry and Ann Lendley, also from Tullahoma, were showcasing their predominantly agate jewelry on behalf of their business, “Jerry & Ann’s Rocks.”

They said they attend 10 or 12 craft fairs a year, but the Holiday Market is one of the best they’ve experienced. The Lendleys said they plan to make repeat appearances.

Debra Mahler, Sadie Chandler, Charlotte Brown and Tina Roth are STLS founders and charter members.

They agreed that the Holiday Market and other STLS fundraisers serve a worthy cause.

Roth provided her assessment.

“It means a lot of kids get into college who couldn’t get there otherwise,” she said, adding that the organization’s fundraisers are well worth the effort.

Brown echoed Roth’s statements.

“It’s great because we help high school students who don’t have the funding to go to college,” she said. “It feels good to be a part of that.”

Chandler said in addition to creating educational opportunities, STLS involvement promotes fellowship among its members.

“There is wonderful camaraderie for the women who are involved in this,” she said.

Mahler agreed.

“It’s a wonderful way for us to get together for a good purpose,” she said.

Chandler said Mahler has been the driving force behind the organization’s formation and its efforts.

“She’s been a wonderful leader,” Chandler said.

The Holiday Market also attracted musical talent with patriotic singer and songwriter Angela Lashley participating to promote her musical career with “So Brave” CDs available and to simultaneously sell her unique champagne candles and vintage jewelry items.

Lashley resides in Nashville after honing her musical skills in her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She said the Holiday Market was enjoyable.

“It’s great to get the chance to participate in this,” she said, adding that it was great mingling with the people who attended the event.

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Falls’ Youso, a former NFL player, to benefit from settled lawsuit
For as long as the recently settled class-action lawsuit against the NFL, filed on behalf of retired players now plagued by concussion-related brain injuries, had dragged on, International Falls’ Frank Youso wasn’t terribly optimistic that a reso…
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For as long as the recently settled class-action lawsuit against the NFL, filed on behalf of retired players now plagued by concussion-related brain injuries, had dragged on, International Falls’ Frank Youso wasn’t terribly optimistic that a resolution was imminent.

“They’ve got so much money that they just keep pushing it aside,” the 80-year-old Youso said by phone earlier this month of the richest sports league in the world.

Less than a week after Youso spoke those words, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the league’s $1 billion settlement that covers more than 20,000 former players.

Youso and his wife, Evelyn, joined the lawsuit about five years ago.

He played for the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders, then a member of the American Football League. In 1958, the year Youso was drafted in the second round by New York, he appeared in the NFL championship game – the “Greatest Game Ever Played” – where the Giants lost in overtime to Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. After three years in New York, the Giants released Youso so he could play closer to home, with the expansion Vikings. The offensive tackle became the first player ever signed by the Vikings, butted heads with coach Norm Van Brocklin for two seasons (1961-62) and, following a short-lived retirement, spent his final three years with Al Davis and the Raiders.

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Youso says he tore up both knees in Oakland – an injury to the right one ultimately ended his career. Today, he says, “I can’t feel anything in either leg, from my knees down to my toes.”

While those health issues are debilitating in their own right, more concerning is the effect of countless head impacts Youso endured on the field.

According to the complaint: “As a result, Youso has experienced cognitive and other difficulties including, but not limited to, headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, dementia, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, and neck and cervical spine arthritis and associated numbness/tingling.”

He says his neurosurgeon has told him he has signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“If I’m going to get something in the garage, I have to go back about three, four times before I remember what it is,” Youso said.

The NFL estimates that “6,000 former players – or nearly three in 10 – could develop Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia,” according to the Associated Press.

Youso is a 1954 graduate of International Falls. He went on to play football at the University of Minnesota.

He says his first salary in the NFL was $8,000, plus a $2,000 bonus. When he retired from the Raiders, he was making about $14,000. The recent settlement with the league stipulates that the average payout will be about $190,000, but that is dependent on several variables, including age and playing experience. Because Youso is 80, his payment will be significantly less.

He hated to see the lawsuit repeatedly shoved to the backburner, not so much because of what it meant for him but because others needed the financial assistance.

“I know people, people that I played with, who are worse off than me,” Youso had said. “They’re just hoping this comes through and they get a little money.”