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This ESPN 30 For 30 On Worcester’s Own, Holy Cross Legend Gordie Lockbaum Is Fantastic

Gordie Lockbaum might be the greatest athlete to ever come out of Worcester, but do we get to take credit for him since he’s not originally from here?

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If you didn’t grow up in the 80’s, then you missed the greatness of Holy Cross legend Gordie Lockbaum. This Turtleboy missed it too, but we heard all about it. Luckily ESPN put together the only thing they’re good at – a 30 for 30 special – on the greatest two way player in NCAA history:

Amazing. Sure, it was against craptacular competition, but he wasn’t playing the Salter School. Everyone he played against was a couple cycles of steroids away from playing at Oklahoma or Michigan. I don’t care what level you’re playing at, 143 out of 171 snaps is straight up legend status. It’s the reason a small white guy playing in Worcester was a Heisman Trophy finalist not once, but twice. Check out some of the people he finished ahead of. Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Chris Spielman, Iron Head Heyward. Look at who he was sitting next to at some of these things – Vinny Testaverde, Jim Harbaugh, Brian Bosworth.

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You could see that level of competition on your way to Rotman’s. Hard to believe, but I feel like we missed out since Turtleboy was more into Mr. Roger’s in the 80’s than he was into college football. We’d actually go to games if we got to see someone like this play on a weekly basis.

Gordie Lockbaum is now a VP at Sullivan Insurance Group. But his legacy lived on with his son Gordon Jr, who was the star shortstop for Worcester’s Little League team that made it to the World Series Championship in 2002, before going on to play football at Amherst College.

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Here’s my question – do we get credit for Gordie Lockbaum? And by “we” I mean Worcester. Because he’s actually from Jersey. But he did his most famous work IN Worcester, and unlike a lot of people who come here for college, he stuck around and laid down roots. Does that make him a full Worcesterite? Do we get to use him in barroom arguments when we list off all the great things Worcester has produced? Turtleboy votes yes.

 

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9 Comment(s)
  • Hugh G. Rection
    December 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Not a chance! whats next? Claim Jose Conseco for the minute and a half he played for the Tornados and ate a careers worth of pizza skins at Pizzeria Uno?

  • Woodiculous
    December 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Yes.

  • Jay
    December 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Pretty sure turtleboy was interviewed and on the same jesse Burkett Allstar team… I could be wrong.

  • Mirror Mirror
    December 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Sorry – but no.

    Fakes like Fauxcahontas and Sarai like take credit where none is due.

  • Dave
    December 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    yup….U are a WINNER alright…jerk

    • Tommy Chong
      December 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Dave’s not here, man…

  • Paul Larson
    December 6, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Gordie Lockbaum finished fifth and third in the Heisman balloting… I, however, am a winner!! Here is a letter and a rosewood engraved pen I found:

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Dear Mr. Larson,

    July 2, 2012

    Congratulations.

    Your letter to The People’s Forum has been selected as the Letter of the Week.
    Your engraved rosewood Telegram & Gazette Letter of the Week pen is enclosed. We hope you enjoy it.

    Regards,
    Chris Sinacola
    Editor of the Editorial Pages

    Of course now the T&G is just an apologist for the undemocratic Democratic Party!

    Paul Larson

  • Dave
    December 6, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I think E:60 is even better than 30 for 30, but that’s about all that ESPN is good for. ( unless you want to know what LeBron had for breakfast and what time he took his morning dump) Hasn’t been the same since Stuart Scott passed away ( who was cooler than the other side of the pillow, by the way ) Now its a bunch of nobody’s and has-beens. Looking forward to watching the show about Gordie, because he was a stud on the field.

  • tngsucks
    December 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Yeah, just like we claim Bob Cousy. Even Boston does not have the Cooze claim that worcester does.

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