I came across this vintage copy of my high school football playbook. One page for offense, another for defense. We played both positions. My jersey number 24 was Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore’s number too. A great honor.
During one game I took a shot to my left rib cage. Produced so much pain that when I raised my left arm I could scarce breath. Fortunately this happened late in the fourth quarter so I endured. Before next practice I’d fashioned, from old shoulder pads, a rib guard. Because that’s what you did then.