Sideline chatter: What scares big, tough football players?
Halloween weekend is a time to celebrate the frightening, terrifying and horrendous.
The scary things that happen during the Halloween season and the scary things that occur during a football season can be much different.
In football, running for a long touchdown, then seeing a yellow flag on the field can be scary.
Just as scary is a player making a crucial mistake and having to face a coach’s wrath can be frightening.
Coaches all agree, though, that the scariest thing they face on the field is an injury to a player.
Here’s what local football players and coaches think is scary on a football field:
“The scariest thing for me is when I walk out and see a severe injury on the field. That’s a doctor’s job and I respect them very much to be able to go out there and do those kind of things” — Fruita Monument coach Bill Moore
“My scariest thing is when someone’s hurt. I hate seeing kids get hurt especially when you got a kid that’s not getting up.” — Central coach Vern McGee
“I think the scariest thing is coming out and underestimating a team. Then not having enough energy to keep up with them.” — Central linebacker Mike Martinez
“Being hit by me.” — Central lineman Mical Kramer
“The field goal (in last year’s playoff game) against D’Evelyn was probably the scariest thing. With the way it bounced and waiting to see what would happen.” — Palisade strong safety Jamr Rhodes
“Probably coming out and feeling good, and all of sudden seeing the score and you’re down 50 points.” — Grand Junction strong safety Stuart Shrum
“One of the worst feelings is when someone you’re trying to block makes a tackle or sack.” — Grand Junction lineman Caleb Whitman