Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman An MLB draft hopeful as a high school junior, Connor Center could touch 90 miles per hour on the radar gun. But Chris Stewart, his lifelong friend and former peewee lineman teammate, had urged Center to jump back into football ever since he stopped at 13 years old to focus on baseball.Center was firm on his baseball-only stance until Stewart died in a car accident on Dec. 1, 2012. The death of his best friend gave Center a new outlook on his sports career. He was going to leave baseball to focus solely on football in Stewart’s honor.“(Connor) told me he felt like something motivated him and was in his corner telling him, ‘Hey, go do this,’” John Center, Connor’s father, said. “He grew up right after everything happened to Chris.”Center worked to reapply himself to a future in football. He grew 3 inches after his junior year of high school and put on 40 pounds to fit the mold of an ideal tight end or lineman. Dozens of schools responded to the workout video he sent them in the mail, and Center chose the University of Colorado. Now he’s a redshirt freshman tight end who hasn’t found the field just yet, but he and his dad think he’s a year away rising to prominence like Stewart knew he could. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Teams tried to promise a future for me in the NFL,” Center said. “I was a blank canvas and open mold for them to use.”In high school, Center occasionally worked out at a baseball complex run by a regional scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who told him he’d get drafted if his fastball stayed at 90. Inconsistencies in his velocity and on-field success built up frustration and uncertainty about the sport he had dedicated every fiber in his body toward. Kyle Buss — a longtime friend of Center and Stewart who played football with them at a younger age — informed Center in early January that he was going to leave baseball to pursue football. Buss’ words led Center to reach the same conclusion in the wake of Stewart’s death. On Jan. 4, 2013 Center called his dad to tell him that he had just quit the baseball team.“Sometimes you chase it too much,” the elder Center said, “And he didn’t want it anymore.“I told him that I’m going to help him pursue any dreams he has.”Word got back to the Stewart family of Center’s decision to pursue football. It was both surprising and meaningful for Stewart’s parents. “Initially I was shocked for one thing,” Mike Stewart, Chris’ dad, said. “But at the same time it was emotionally very meaningful that he’s sort of doing this in Christopher’s honor, and it’s been nice to follow Connor on all of this.”After Center called his father to tell him the news, he immediately took off to the gym. No longer was he restricted to not lifting weights above his waist from fear of potentially injuring his pitching arm.Videos of him working out, running, catching and doing football-related activities were sent out to 60–70 Division I schools, and Center’s father said they received about 40 immediate responses of interest. He received 22 offers to play from schools that hadn’t met him yet.“My family was shocked when I started getting football offers,” Center said. “Because anyone in their right mind would say, ‘How the hell are you gonna do that?’”Despite “great pitches” from both Miami and Syracuse, Colorado was the best fit. They gave him free rein to pursue his aspiration of becoming a tight end, and Center thought it was the best chance for him to reach his ultimate goal of making a name for himself as a football player.But after the hiccups of jumping offsides in practice or running the wrong route in his initial training at Colorado, he knows he’s doing it for the right reasons. “Chris will always be a background part of this for me,” Center said. “Especially on the hardest days, the dog days of it. He’s always in the back of my mind.” Comments
“I didn’t think it would make sense for him to fly across the country after flying across the world so he will probably just meet us in the Bay Area when we get back,” Kerr told reporters. Stephen Curry hails Warriors’ teamwork without Kevin Durant against Rockets Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut has everything finalized with his visa. As reported earlier, Bogut will join the Warriors when they get back from their trip. Bogut is flying to the Bay Area this weekend pic.twitter.com/bG73VRo1Si— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 15, 2019If Bogut does in fact return Thursday, he’ll have 12 regular-season games to get acclimated to the lineup before the postseason begins. Related News Andrew Bogut is expected to make his season debut with the Warriors on Thursday against the Pacers.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Bogut will return to the Bay Area on Saturday, however, he will not play in the Warriors’ current four-game road trip. Instead, the center plans to join the team Thursday when it hosts Indiana in Oracle Arena, per NBC Sports Bay Area. The 34-year-old veteran is preparing to start his second stint with the Warriors after spending a season in Australia’s NBL with the Sydney Kings.Bogut, selected by the Bucks with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, previously spent four seasons with Golden State and was part of the Warriors’ 2014-15 championship team. He last played in the league with the Lakers during the 2017-18 season.
Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Talk about a tale of two years.After a busy Fourth of July holiday in 2013, the 2014 holiday which extended into the weekend was a quiet one for the Wellington Fire Department.Wellington Fire Chief Timothy Hay said there was only one call out in the county this weekend. It was a very small one, south of town by the Wellington dump.Hay said there was not even a dumpster fire to attend to.Â In 2013, there were 11 fire calls.â€œIt helped everything was green,â€ Hay said. Last year it was very dry.â€ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments