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We were down by 10 in the final minutes when a receiver broke a tackle and fought for extra yards near the end zone. Instead of scoring, he fumbled, and our rally hopes ended.I pulled him aside Tuesday, too, and told him that if every player on the team played every play the whole game as hard as he did that one play, it would've been no contest.He could've gone down easily and accepted mediocrity in his play. I told him that when you start accepting mediocrity, it will define you. I don't want any of my teammates to do that. I want them to struggle and fight and do everything they can to achieve.I know that next time he will continue to fight and struggle—he'll just hang onto the ball tighter.
I won't have any regrets about this season, no matter what.
I haven't mentioned this much, but besides this nagging groin injury, I've also dealt with a torn calf muscle and a torn arch in my foot. The pinched nerve in my neck that kept me out of the first few games actually was two bulging discs.
Win or lose, whether I play linebacker again or not, things will be different when that game ends. My playing career will be over, for good this time. (Unless I get invited to the NFL scouting combine.)I don't know what will happen next. I'm just grateful—overwhelmed with gratitude, really—for God allowing me to finish this chapter in my life, in my athletic career, in such a positive way.
The 59-year-old grandfather played outside linebacker for the last 3:39 of a 56-35 loss to Mississippi College at home in Alpine, Texas. Flynt was part of a gang tackle on his very first play and held his ground when another play that came his way. There were four competitive snaps and three kneel-downs during his first time playing defense since 1970.
Flynt is believed to be the second-oldest player in college football history. A 60-year-old played a decade ago, but for only one play. Thus, Flynt can be considered the oldest regular contributor ever to lace 'em up.His career isn't totally over, either.Sul Ross is finalizing plans for an 11th game, an exhibition in Chihuahua, Mexico, against Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua on Dec. 5. With a few more weeks of rest, Flynt is hoping a nagging groin problem will heal enough for him to play more at linebacker -- and maybe even make his first tackle since 1970."It's like our bowl game," Flynt said.
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