I didn't play football in Highschool or in College. I played Rugby 2 years in highschool throughout college and for several years after college with a mens club here in the DC area.
Only time I played football was in 86 during the strike season. I tried out for the NE patriots. Cut class the entire time I was there. At the time I was just under six six two hundred fourty pounds. First day about three thousand guys tried out. I remember guys pulling up in plumber trucks. Guys finishing beers and smoking cigarrets in the parking lot before the first practice. I remember seeing guys with serious crack problems in that parking lot too.. and I don't mean drugs.. Remember the coach asking what position I played... Running back I said... defensive end he said.... First thing they did was run sprints by position and dropped like four fifths of the guys after 15 minutes.. Never played in a game. I dropped out after about the tenth day because of school.
Years later major leage baseball was going to go out on strike. I had never played baseball either. But a buddy of mine called me from atlanta and said they were holding open try outs and was I interested. I considered it for about 5 seconds, but by that time; I would have been one of the guys with the crack problem in the parking lot. I passed. Don't think major league baseball ever put a strike team on the field anyway. They settled with the players before the strike.
As I remember Redskins strike (scab) players that year all got superbowl rings because the skins went on to win it all that year. That's the year Charley Casserly distinguished himself as GM material. He was put in charge of the assembling the strike team early in the year. A lot of teams just had a open call in the newspaper like New England, Casserly actually put some thought into the skins strike team. As I remember he found a former all american QB doing time in the district. Got caught his senior year with a brick of coke under his seat. Charley also got a great reciever. That QB still holds the single game passing record for the skins. They won all five strick games, and all they ever did was have that QB throw to that WR... Beat a largely intact dallas team down in texas in their final game. Not a single regular Redskins crossed the strike line.
As I remember Charley had to sign that quarterback out of prison every saterday before the game and then sign him back into prison on Sunday after the game...