By Glenn Stout
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, Roy Reigels within the 1929 Rose Bowl, Frank Reich and the Buffalo debts throughout the 1993 NFL playoffs, Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets in 2004, the total St. Louis Cardinals crew within the 2011 international sequence . . . What do those avid gamers have in universal? each one of them was once near to a humiliating defeat. yet in the mean time once they can have referred to as it quits, they did not. those 5 real-life tales, illustrated with black-and-white images, will motivate readers old and young.
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Roy Riegels was in the perfect position to recover the fumble. When Roy saw the ball bouncing free he bent at his waist and scooped it up with both hands. Although he was accustomed to handling the ball while playing center, as a lineman Roy never had the opportunity to run with it. Yet all of a sudden the ball was in his hands. Without breaking stride he turned upfield. Three quick strides took him past the pile where Thomason now lay sprawled on the ground. Then Roy saw a wall of Georgia Tech players racing his way.
It certainly wasn’t the most serious thing in the world. I regretted doing it, even as you do, but you’ll get over it. . Let’s get back together in four–five years . . and we’ll have a good laugh together. Your friend, Roy Riegels Roy Riegels may once have run the wrong way on a football field, but off the field, where it was more important, he did almost everything else right. They might have called him “Wrong Way” Riegels after that game, but no one ever called him a loser. The Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich and kicker Steve Christie celebrate after Christie's field goal caps the Bills' stunning comeback.
Instead of quitting, he became determined to succeed. And because he did, he was seen not as a goat who cost his team a win, but as a person of character and integrity. Roy Riegels made a huge mistake, but he did not let that error define who he was. The way he responded proved to everyone that he was not a loser. In the end, he won a victory greater than that of any football game. Roy Riegels grew up in Oakland, California, and enrolled at the University of California in nearby Berkeley. In his sophomore year in 1927 he joined the varsity football team, coached by Clarence “Nibs” Price.