Tony (WQOW) - Jimmy Leonhard. He's got game.
He excelled at Flambeau High. He thrilled at Camp Randall. Labeled an underdog at five foot eight and 186 pounds, Leonhard has made a career of overachieving. He made the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and last year went to the playoffs with the Baltimore Ravens. This fall he's the starting strong safety for the New York Jets.
I have to admit, I've never been a Jets fan...before. But I'm rooting for Jim. And here's why:
Bravado is epidemic with professional athletes, yet we the fans reach the saturation point of annoyance very quickly around braggadocio. Entertain us, but show some humility while doing so. Be Nolan Ryan, not Ricky Henderson. They say "it's just a game," but when you're paid 20 times the rest of us, you'd better show some gratitude for that chance to "play."
Well, Jim Leonhard has got his helmet screwed on straight. When you hear him talk you think "Here's a 26-year-old young man who was raised right." Good going Jim. Good going Don and Deb.
So here's the full conversation with Wisconsin's favorite underdog, where you can learn all about the difference between coaches and teachers. On how crazy you have to be to return punts. On who will win the Super Bowl. On lessons learned while at play.
We've reserved a seat on the fifty-yard line for you. Only on "In Person." Get your game on.