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Opportunity Knocks; Mike Ryan blazed his own path to the NFL sidelines

November 10, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars
NFL trainer Mike Ryan, a former SHS track star, helps a player off the field during a recent Jacksonville Jaguars game.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Irv Black’s voice crackled through the speakers at Hartford Public in 1980 as the legendary track official called the play-by-play for the 1500m race at the Colonial Conference Championship. His voice melted into a rhythm with the frontrunner’s steps which included newcomer Mike Ryan. With each step, Ryan matched Black’s…

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Passing the test; Scott Otis defied the odds to make the NFL

September 20, 2013
Photo courtesy of Glenville State College
Scott Otis didn’t turn heads with his high school statistics, but his work at Glennville State College led to a postition in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Scott Otis felt a twinge of satisfaction as he stood in the shadow of Fontana Field while track officials scrambled to measure his javelin throw at a cold spring meet in 1991. For three years of varsity football, he maintained that his arm could beat most teams. This throw certainly…

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