A Couple of Random Thoughts for Sunday

Erik Williams

Larry Allen became the latest Dallas Cowboy to be inducted into the Hall of Fame last night. Larry Allen was quiet but fierce on the football field. Whenever I think of Larry Allen, I also think of Erik Williams. Erik Williams played right tackle. He was strong. He had quick feet. He was fierce. For a couple years in the early 1990s there was no offensive lineman who was better. He was clearly on his way to the Hall of Fame. He was about to sign a huge contract when stupidity raised its ugly head. He was driving drunk, lost control at 3 o’clock in the morning and crashed into a retaining wall. It took nearly a year of rehabilitation before he could get back on the football field. He was never the same man. So, on one hand, I am happy and proud of Larry Allen for staying out of trouble in taking care of business. On the other hand, Larry Allen reminds me of the tragedy that is Erik Williams.

It is really unclear to me why anybody listens to Ted Nugent. His thoughtless comments about Trayvon Martin underline how this whole discussion is about racial profiling.

I love Cris Carter’s story. I’m glad he got into the Hall.

More later.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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