Bebout still looks like he could play

Okay, okay.

Another dose of Super Bowl trivia……

• Just three quarterbacks have started for two different Super Bowl teams in the history of the big game. (Hint: Two are Broncos.) Answer below.

 

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“How ‘bout my ‘Hawks?” Nick Bebout asked Saturday night at a social.

Yep. They’re in the Big Game come Sunday, versus Denver’s Broncos. Had the sense that Bebout wasn’t too conflicted: he grew up cheering for Denver, but suiting up for Seattle. That’s where the loyalties lie.

Nick played high school football in Shoshoni and starred at the University of Wyoming, 1970-1972 where he was described as a “quick, mobile and overpowering” blocker. He was captain of the UW team his senior year.

Nick played eight seasons in the NFL, with 59 games as the starting left tackle for the Seahawks, protecting Jim Zorn, during those Zorn-to-Steve Largent years. He also played for Atlanta and Minnesota.

We talked some Saturday night and recalled a feature story I wrote of him in 1977 while I was with the Wyoming State Journal in Lander. He had just finished his first year with Seattle, his fourth in the NFL. He was pictured with his feet on the desk, talking on the telephone, developing some business for his family’s company. An off-season job.

“That was almost 40 years ago!” he said with a big laugh. “Imagine. Back then, you had to work in the off-season, at least offensive linemen did,” he added.

In 2001, Bebout was elected to the UW Hall of Fame, the first offensive lineman ever selected. He lives in Riverton these days and handles a guitar and vocals as well as he handled defensive ends while wearing number 63 for Seattle.

 

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Dept. of incidental info…..

There are 14,565 golf courses in the U.S., including three right here in Sheridan, according to data from the National Golf Foundation.

In 2013, 14 new courses opened, but 158 closed.

 

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Super Bowl trivia answer:

• Craig Morton started in Super Bowl V for the Dallas Cowboys, a 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts, Jan. 17, 1971. (Sheridan resident Jerry Hill won a ring as a member of the Colts that day.) Morton was also the starter in Super Bowl XII, when the Broncos lost to Dallas, 27-10, Jan. 15, 1976.

• Kurt Warner was the starting quarterback (and MVP) for the St. Louis Rams when they defeated the Tennessee Titans, 23-16, Jan. 30, 2000, in Atlanta during Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner was the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII in which the Pittsburgh Steelers won, 27-23, Feb. 1, 2009.

• Peyton Manning. He’s starting Sunday for the Broncos and started for the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI, Feb. 4, 2007. The Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17.

 

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Quotable

 

“Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was.”

 

— Will Rogers, American newspaper columnist/radio commentator/author/muse/vaudeville performer/film star, 1879-1935

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