Four lockers away from where Brian Brinsfield is standing is Troy Aikman, the future Hall of Fame quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s the summer of 1995. Brinsfield, a long snapper, is in training camp with a team on the doorstep of winning its third Super Bowl in four seasons.
“I’m thinking in my mind that I don’t belong here,” Brinsfield said.
He describes his experience with Dallas as one in which you want to pinch yourself knowing the famed star of the Cowboys is on your helmet and that you are surrounded by some of the greatest athletes to ever play the game.
Brinsfield is here just hoping to make his own NFL dream a reality. But the back pain that first emerged during his playing days at Auburn is haunting him again.
It leads to a failed physical and being cut before the start of the season.
He could have tried to hang around. But his thought at the time is why risk playing when it might lead to back surgery later in life.
Yet, if he had known about the long road ahead over the next 25 years, the current defensive line coach of the Navarre Raiders said he probably would have rolled the dice on a sport that has no shortage of physical punishment.
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