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A New Battlefield

Updated: Wednesday, September 11 2013, 10:58 PM CDT

Fielding a football team for the first time in 63 years, Southwestern University's squad is young. Real young. 89 of the 95 players on the roster are freshman. But just because the Pirates don't have experience, doesn't mean the team is without a veteran.

"It adds an awful lot to the maturation of our football team," said SU head football coach Joe Austin.

Daniel Say is a 25 year old sophomore. Before he was a wide receiver for Southwestern, he was a specialist for a different team.

"It's a bond you just can't explain," explained Say.

Say really can't say what motivated him to enlist.

"I just decided I needed to do something with my life," Say admitted.

But as an 18 year old freshman at Broom community college, Say left school and signed-up for the Army. But that's not all.

"I volunteered to go on the tour," admitted Say. "I got a call from one of my sergeants and he said they needed someone to go on tour to Iraq for a year. I felt like I needed to go and serve over there, serve during the war."

As our nation remembers the dastardly acts of September 11th, Daniel - a New York native, does too. Now a husband and a father, he says 9/11 was a driving force behind his decision to fight for our country.

"There were kids crying because their parents were flying that day, and I just don't want my son to have to experience something like that," Say explained.  "So for me, to do my part, was to serve in the military."

Daniel served a year in Iraq and three total in the Army. And although he fulfilled his commitment to the military in December 2011, Say still wanted to wear a uniform.

"I've always wanted to play college football," Say admitted. "I've always wanted to do it, and I'm so happy I'm here playing and living my dream."

"The least I can do is give a veteran that's got such a great attitude the chance to chase his dream a little bit," said Coach Austin. "He's doing a great job."

So as Southwestern, the oldest university in Texas, brings back football for the first time since 1950, its veteran wide receiver - who's also been around longer than the rest, gets his second chance, too.

by Adam Winkler
A New Battlefield


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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