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.
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.
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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