See this guy in the picture above? You know who that is? A defensive end’s worst nightmare. But seriously, that was me, a sophomore left tackle on the Salisbury (Conn.) School football team in 1984, a 15-year-old with a righteous head of hair who spent a little too much time listening to "The Police." One of my proudest athletic achievements was not allowing a single sack all season long — the Pro Football Focus guys would have graded me off the charts. I'm not sure what Dante Scarnecchia would have known what to do with me.
In case the entire scope of this picture didn't come through on your device, here's a vertical shot. Two words: forearm shiver.
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