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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

September 30, 2014 07:15 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

N.Y. Giants 45, Washington 14

Sunday's Games

Green Bay 38, Chicago 17

Houston 23, Buffalo 17

Indianapolis 41, Tennessee 17

Baltimore 38, Carolina 10

Detroit 24, N.Y. Jets 17

Tampa Bay 27, Pittsburgh 24

Miami 38, Oakland 14

San Diego 33, Jacksonville 14

San Francisco 26, Philadelphia 21

Minnesota 41, Atlanta 28

Dallas 38, New Orleans 17

Open: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis

Monday's Game

Kansas City 41, New England 14

NHL PRESEASON

Monday's Games

N.Y. Rangers 6, Philadelphia 3

Detroit 3, Toronto 0

Minnesota 4, Pittsburgh 1

Columbus 3, Nashville 0

Dallas 5, Florida 4

Edmonton 3, Winnipeg 1

Arizona 4, Vancouver 2

Tuesday's Games

N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Carolina at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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