There's a good chance a lot of the athletes who collected their uniforms from Ernie Gour over the past 15 years didn't even know his last name.
I don't think I did for a long time. At least not until I got to know him a little better during the one day a week each fall when he filled in as equipment manager at Dartmouth football practices.
He was just Ernie, the quiet, totally unassuming equipment manager until the illness that forced him to retire last year, and finally took his life this week. He was a gentle man who will be missed by all. (LINK)
A pro football Hall of Famer who got away? From a story about former Arizona Cardinals' defensive back Aeneas Williams (LINK):
After high school football, Williams was only offered a spot on a football team by one single college, Dartmouth. It was at this point that he simply became realistic and “quit football”. He followed his older brother to Southern University, to become an accountant. His older brother had all the steps in place for Aeneas to follow, and that he did. At Southern, Aeneas eventually had a change of heart.
•Penn wide receiver Justin Watson has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game, a premier showcase for potential NFL players. (LINK)