You don’t play linebacker by the numbers. You play it by instinct. You play it like the tough guy Frank Howard, the legendary Clemson coach, once talked about at a clinic I attended.
‘I know a guy who’s so tough,’ Frank said with a straight face, ‘when he goes to the can, he takes a baseball bat with him. He never knows when he’s going to shit a wildcat and he’ll have to beat it to death.’
Every time I watched Mike Curtis play middle lindebacker, I thought about Frank Howard’s story. The way Mike ran around, his eyes blazing, I thought, He just might shit a wildcat."
— John Madden, One Knee Equals Two Feet (via nnailling)