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A New Battlefield

Updated: Wednesday, September 11 2013, 11:58 PM CDT

Fielding a football team for the first time in 63 years, Southwestern University's squad is young. Real young. 89 of the 95 players on the roster are freshman. But just because the Pirates don't have experience, doesn't mean the team is without a veteran.

"It adds an awful lot to the maturation of our football team," said SU head football coach Joe Austin.

Daniel Say is a 25 year old sophomore. Before he was a wide receiver for Southwestern, he was a specialist for a different team.

"It's a bond you just can't explain," explained Say.

Say really can't say what motivated him to enlist.

"I just decided I needed to do something with my life," Say admitted.

But as an 18 year old freshman at Broom community college, Say left school and signed-up for the Army. But that's not all.

"I volunteered to go on the tour," admitted Say. "I got a call from one of my sergeants and he said they needed someone to go on tour to Iraq for a year. I felt like I needed to go and serve over there, serve during the war."

As our nation remembers the dastardly acts of September 11th, Daniel - a New York native, does too. Now a husband and a father, he says 9/11 was a driving force behind his decision to fight for our country.

"There were kids crying because their parents were flying that day, and I just don't want my son to have to experience something like that," Say explained.  "So for me, to do my part, was to serve in the military."

Daniel served a year in Iraq and three total in the Army. And although he fulfilled his commitment to the military in December 2011, Say still wanted to wear a uniform.

"I've always wanted to play college football," Say admitted. "I've always wanted to do it, and I'm so happy I'm here playing and living my dream."

"The least I can do is give a veteran that's got such a great attitude the chance to chase his dream a little bit," said Coach Austin. "He's doing a great job."

So as Southwestern, the oldest university in Texas, brings back football for the first time since 1950, its veteran wide receiver - who's also been around longer than the rest, gets his second chance, too.

by Adam Winkler
A New Battlefield


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Scores & Schedules

November 24, 2014 08:09 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Oakland 24, Kansas City 20

Sunday's Games

Green Bay 24, Minnesota 21

Cincinnati 22, Houston 13

Chicago 21, Tampa Bay 13

Cleveland 26, Atlanta 24

Philadelphia 43, Tennessee 24

New England 34, Detroit 9

Indianapolis 23, Jacksonville 3

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, ppd., snow

Seattle 19, Arizona 3

San Diego 27, St. Louis 24

San Francisco 17, Washington 13

Denver 39, Miami 36

Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 28

Open: Carolina, Pittsburgh

Monday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Sunday's Games

Memphis 107, L.A. Clippers 91

Miami 94, Charlotte 93

Portland 94, Boston 88

Golden State 91, Oklahoma City 86

Denver 101, L.A. Lakers 94, OT

Monday's Games

Portland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Houston, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Utah, 9 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 2

N.Y. Rangers 5, Montreal 0

Anaheim 2, Arizona 1

Vancouver 4, Chicago 1

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

MLS

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP Eastern Conference New England vs. New York

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: New England 2, New York 1

Leg 2 -- Saturday, Nov. 29: New York at New England, 3 p.m.

Western Conference LA Galaxy vs. Seattle

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: LA Galaxy 1, Seattle 0

Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 30: LA Galaxy at Seattle, 9 p.m.

MLS CUP

Sunday, Dec. 7: New England-New York winner at LA Galaxy-Seattle winner, 3 p.m.

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