I realize that there is a tremendous buzz around the UW Football program lately. What with the big name hirings of Tosh Lupoi, Justin Wilcox and several others to the coaching staff. Oh yeah and Shaq Thompson committed to UW. As did Jordan Payton (son of Gary) (if only), and as I type this speedster out of LA Jaydon Mickens. Currently in the works on a “Mickens Mouse” shirt idea, will keep ya’ll informed. All this hubbub has prompted me for some of this:
Snoop-a-loop is for damn sure. Talking about the commitment of Thompson specifically, signing such a high caliber athlete at safety is a huge plus to a Husky defense that has, to say the least, struggled a bit. If that makes you nauseous, here’s a lollipop to make it feel all better. Link City is giving Rack City a run for its money. The point of it folks is that UW is making waves towards being a legitimate program again, one that it hasn’t been in nearly a decade, but the defense has got to get better before that happens. And Shaq Daddy is just one man, albeit a very fast and strong one, but his talent along with hopefully improved coaching across the board should be a beautiful marriage.
Now is about the time when you ask yourself, who the hell is Tripper Johnson and what is he doing hanging out in the title? Well buckle up folks, for I am about to tell you the story of the worst UW football player I have ever seen.
Born Nelson Alexander Johnson III (NJ3>RG3), “Tripper” was a stud athlete at Newport High School, where he was a force at football and baseball (averaged .453 with 6 homers his senior year). He is the second most famous person to come out of Newport, falling only behind Beta Theta Pi’s very own, Erik Jensen. Follow him @Themindofjensen. Good ole Trip signed to play baseball (note, not football) at UW in 2000, and then was chosen by the Orioles in the second round of the 2000 MLB draft. After that, Tripper played eight mediocre seasons in the minors before deciding to make the always wise choice to come play football after his baseball career fizzled out. I mean why not? Trip was after all a first team All-Kingco safety…back in 1999. Let’s see what else was going back in 1999: