The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

October 25, 2013

Letter: ‘God bless the Plainsmen, past, present and future!’

ENID, Okla. — I’m Troy Dunn, a proud member of the 1983 state championship team. I was fullback, gratefully opening holes for that superhuman, Lydell Carr, and doing my best to keep charging defenders off of my quarterback, Rob Hawkins.

It broke my heart to not attend Friday’s game and reconnect with all of my legendary teammates and celebrate that extraordinary season that I refuse to believe happened 30 years ago. Those wonderful days in Enid are what dreams are made of.

While I sat Friday in the press box of our local high school football field (it’s homecoming) where I have announced home games for too many years to count, my mind frequently turned to Selby Stadium, especially around halftime, as I imagined my former teammates, brothers in battle, once again standing on that field where we all shed so much blood, sweat and tears. As the crowd looked on, it may have just looked like a bunch of middle-aged men standing awkwardly in a small group, but don’t kid yourself. As those men walked onto that field, they were once again 17 years old, fit and able to recall every play and formation from 1983.

I send my love and my humble gratitude to all of my brothers from that magical 1983 season and pray that our paths do cross again someday.

And to the Plainsmen of 2013, if you find yourself playing for the state championship this season, you can bet I will be at that game, no matter what!

God bless the Plainsmen, past, present and future!

Troy Dunn

(Host of “The Locator”)

Fort Myers, Fla.

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