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Great Jack Lambert / Pro Bowl story


Even if you've heard this story before, it is still a good one.   I thought that some of you maybe had not so here goes.

From Ed Bouchette in today's PG PLUS section:

I may have told you this story before but we have so many new members since then and it seems appropriate with the Pro Bowl coming up. Even 30 years ago, players treated the Pro Bowl as if it were nothing but a chance to have some fun in Hawaii (and these guys cannot even do that this week). Jack Lambert made it for perhaps his final time and young Jim Haslett made it for his first. Both linebackers, Haslett idolized Lambert. Haslett tells the story that they went out the night before the game together into the wee hours of the morning. Remember, the game was played early in the afternoon in Honolulu. Haslett finally says something like, Jack, we have a game in a few hours, shouldn’t we turn in? Lambert replied something like, what are you complaining about, I’m the one who has to start, you’re a reserve. Haslett takes that as sound reasoning and the two continue to party. Later, after kickoff in the hot sun, Lambert lines up in the middle with the AFC Pro Bowl defense for the first play of the game. When it’s over, Lambert grabs his right hamstring, limps off the field and as he approaches the sideline, he looks at Haslett and yells, “Jimmy, you’re in; I’m finished for the day.’’

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