June 03, 2007

"This giant strode the football turf of two nations.": "Just J.I. Therein lies the most confounding mystery in all of football." Just what do the initials J.I. stand for? "Some say Justifiably Incognito, others Jesus Incarnate."

posted by tommytrump to football at 01:38 AM - 5 comments

That's an amazing story, and I'm ashamed to say I have never heard of this gentleman before. The way McRae ends it, though, makes it seem as if the only reason he went to see Albrecht was to find out what the initials meant. I'll bet that's not true ... but it reads that way.

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:53 PM on June 03, 2007

"In the dying days of May, Toronto is an oven." I really doubt it.

posted by bobfoot at 08:49 PM on June 03, 2007

"In the dying days of May, Toronto is an oven." I really doubt it. That's what you got out of this article?

posted by tommybiden at 09:24 PM on June 03, 2007

Thanks, tommytrump. Depressing as hell, but I feel richer for reading it, and I'm actually going to stop at the post office and send Albrecht a card today, just to wish him well. How sappy is that? And bobfoot, just because you're from Houston doesn't mean other parts of the world don't also get hot.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:55 AM on June 04, 2007

Such a sad story. What I don't understand is, if he was still active in football up till 7 years ago why doesn't he have any money? I know the CFL isn't as profitable as the NFL but he must have made enough money over the years to retire and at the very least have decent health care and live at home instead of a nursing home. Not that nursing homes are bad places to live, my fiance works in one, but the elderly don't like living away from their family.

posted by ProSam at 11:56 AM on June 04, 2007

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