Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fond Farewells

To both Jared Retkofsky and Larry Foote.

Jared, as we all remember, saved our bacon after Greg Warren went down.  He selflessly put his career as a furniture mover on hold to pitch in on our special teams unit.  For that we thank him.  

Also: our thoughts are with him as he recovers from a motorcycle accident.  (Yinz need to learn from this by now.)

Larry Foote has been with us for the past seven years.  In that time he recorded 288 solo takedowns, and 145 assists; 14.5 sacks; 1 safety; 3 interceptions for 26 yards; 7 forced fumbles, and 5 recoveries for a total of 27 yards.  More impressive than any of those numbers is that since being drafted, he's played in every regular season game except two.  While I respect his decision to keep on moving, it's weird to lose a guy who has started the last 80 games for us.

His play was never flashy, but I think that's what was so great about him.  Just another humble piece in Dick LeBeau's dangerous system.  A brick wall against the run, and a stable personality in the locker room.  

Best of luck to both of Yinz, from all of us at FTC.

1 comment:

FRANCOfranco said...

If someone wants to eulogize Bryant McFadden, go for it. I always thought the dude was good at his job, and that it was a shame we didn't have room for him to be a regular starter. That said, he wasn't on the field enough for me to miss him now.

Also: I've seen the future, and its name is William Gay.