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Offline Firstcoast1  
#1 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:25:37 PM(UTC)
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I just received a call from Sam Barrington and he is OFFICIALLY the newest member of the Green Bay Packers!! Thank you all for keeping me abreast!
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Offline wpr  
#2 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:30:49 PM(UTC)
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great!
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Offline buckeyepackfan  
#3 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:31:46 PM(UTC)
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YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!

Most if not all were rooting for Sam to make it,

Congrats!!!!!!!
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Offline Gaycandybacon  
#4 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:32:24 PM(UTC)
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CONGRATS TO SAM AND TO YOU TO DELIVERING THAT GREAT REFRESHING NEWS MAN!
Offline Dulak  
#5 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:42:01 PM(UTC)
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hey Grats - tell him Hi from us and we were rooting for him!

Offline Firstcoast1  
#6 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:49:53 PM(UTC)
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I was telling him how I became a member on this site so you guys could give me updates. I also told him that every person who responded to my thread were rooting for him and liked they way he played! As usual, he was appreciative and mentioned how the 'real' work now begins.

He was talking about how his heart skipped a beat every time he received a phone call. When he got the news he made the team, he called his mom who was brought to tears. He knows me, I was nearly as nervous as he was all the way up until he called me. At 15 minutes to 6 eastern time, he text me and said this has been the longest day of his life, even more than the draft!
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Offline Zero2Cool  
#7 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:51:11 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Firstcoast1 Go to Quoted Post
I was telling him how I became a member on this site so you guys could give me updates. I also told him that every person who responded to my thread were rooting for him and liked they way he played! As usual, he was appreciative and mentioned how the 'real' work now begins.

He was talking about how his heart skipped a beat every time he received a phone call. When he got the news he made the team, he called his mom who was brought to tears. He knows me, I was nearly as nervous as he was all the way up until he called me. At 15 minutes to 6 eastern time, he text me and said this has been the longest day of his life, even more than the draft!


If he's willing, we'd like to put together a Q/A for him. If he's willing, let me know and we can get the questions together. We'll collect questions from the members and he can answer them.
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Offline wpr  
#8 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:55:01 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Firstcoast1 Go to Quoted Post
I was telling him how I became a member on this site so you guys could give me updates. I also told him that every person who responded to my thread were rooting for him and liked they way he played! As usual, he was appreciative and mentioned how the 'real' work now begins.

He was talking about how his heart skipped a beat every time he received a phone call. When he got the news he made the team, he called his mom who was brought to tears. He knows me, I was nearly as nervous as he was all the way up until he called me. At 15 minutes to 6 eastern time, he text me and said this has been the longest day of his life, even more than the draft!


great story. I love learning more about a guy that if he can run faster than a gazelle and bench press a Buick. The "Mom cried" is perfect.
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Offline Firstcoast1  
#9 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 4:25:48 PM(UTC)
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Terrell Manning was just let go.
Offline buckeyepackfan  
#10 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 4:29:45 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Firstcoast1 Go to Quoted Post
Terrell Manning was just let go.


Yep, we found the final 3, Manning was a little of a shocker, but as I told you in my original post.

Ted loves his Draft Picks!!!!

Sam, Palmer, Mulumba all played great and deserved to make the final 53!!!!
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Offline Firstcoast1  
#11 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 4:33:44 PM(UTC)
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As I told Sam, it is never a good idea to come out early and go in the 5th round anyway. Last season should have been his senior year where he could have learned more and bettered his position.
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#12 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 5:27:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Firstcoast1 Go to Quoted Post
As I told Sam, it is never a good idea to come out early and go in the 5th round anyway. Last season should have been his senior year where he could have learned more and bettered his position.


Good advice. Too many kids see $$$$ signs and come out too soon. A lot of them never recover and reach their potential. it's a shame. I wish they all had 5 years and played for 4 in college. THEN go get a job. I know there are drawbacks to that as well. Injuries cut many players careers short.
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Offline nerdmann  
#13 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2013 10:17:02 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Firstcoast1 Go to Quoted Post
Terrell Manning was just let go.


Kind of a surprise, but remember. There could be some turnover on the bottom of the roster.
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Offline wpr  
#14 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 11:52:28 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: nerdmann Go to Quoted Post
Kind of a surprise, but remember. There could be some turnover on the bottom of the roster.


There usually is. And I like it. If they don;t the team will only grow weaker from one year to the next.
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Offline sschind  
#15 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 1:39:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: buckeyepackfan Go to Quoted Post
YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!

Most if not all were rooting for Sam to make it,

Congrats!!!!!!!


I'm going to sound like an ignoramus here and I certainly don't want to insult or offend anyone but what made Barrington so special. Everyone knows Jolly's backstory and even Hyde and Banjo had articles about them but as far as I knew Barrington was just another body. Did I miss something?
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Offline DarkaneRules  
#16 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 2:08:47 PM(UTC)
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Barrington is definitely in that Bishop mold. If he progresses as I hope he does, he will be a stud in a year or two
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Offline Wade  
#17 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 3:15:21 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: sschind Go to Quoted Post
I'm going to sound like an ignoramus here and I certainly don't want to insult or offend anyone but what made Barrington so special. Everyone knows Jolly's backstory and even Hyde and Banjo had articles about them but as far as I knew Barrington was just another body. Did I miss something?


Barrington is a friend of PackerHome's very own firstcoast1. That makes it a special story all by itself.



And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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Offline Zero2Cool  
#18 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 3:18:27 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: sschind Go to Quoted Post
I'm going to sound like an ignoramus here and I certainly don't want to insult or offend anyone but what made Barrington so special. Everyone knows Jolly's backstory and even Hyde and Banjo had articles about them but as far as I knew Barrington was just another body. Did I miss something?


Quite simply put, he is a Green Bay Packers player. What more do you need?
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Offline DarkaneRules  
#19 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 3:32:37 PM(UTC)
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He didn't blow anybody away to my knowledge but the game didn't look too big for him. Good player to develop. Quality back up atm
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Offline sschind  
#20 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 9:20:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Wade Go to Quoted Post
Barrington is a friend of PackerHome's very own firstcoast1. That makes it a special story all by itself.





I see. Now I understand the loveSmile

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Offline sschind  
#21 Posted : Sunday, September 1, 2013 9:22:24 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
Quite simply put, he is a Green Bay Packers player. What more do you need?


I don't need any more but it appeared to me that a lot of people here thought there was more so I was just asking about it.



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Offline Firstcoast1  
#22 Posted : Monday, September 2, 2013 6:08:48 AM(UTC)
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We're just so proud of him here in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a native New Yorker who moved to Jax in '00. I was once a sports radio personality covering HS, college and pro football, even middle school and have had the opportunity to see the true side of players from the area.

Sam has a truly unique story, which I have left some out because I felt it would have been better told by him.

Part of his unique story is his father is from Ghana, Africa. His mom is American. Sam has always worked hard for everything and things were not always easy. This guy played HS football and had three jobs, including Zaxby's (which he did not even know Clay Matthews was a spokesman!); he also worked at a car wash in the unforgiven Jax heat and humidity!

Sam has taken trips to his father's native land of Ghana several times and has a true connection to the area. Sam has always wanted to start a non profit to help the children of Ghana in getting shoes and other necessities that we take for granted. Sam has believed in hard work and has never asked someone else for something he could work and get himself. Sam also takes care of his large family and his 4 year old daughter, which he should.

He has always been genuine and respectful even when he screwed up! There are very few if any people you could find that would have a bad thing to say about Sam. Our small Jax city may not be great in NFL football but we support those who have come up through the system and made good; Leon Washington, Marcus Thomas, Sam Barrington and many others just from our Jax community.

Finally, what makes Sam special outside of now being a part of the NFL fraternity, is his father owns a multi-million dollar company in Ghana. With that being the case, Sam has always been his own man and has busted his butt for his family. I know what some of you may be thinking. Well, no, the differences in culture may have been the reason for whatever the relationship WAS between he and his father. What I do know is as grown men, Sam and his father are very close.

P.S. Amazingly, when Sam made his announcement to go to USF (Which was covered by every station in Jax, for he was the #1 prospect in Jax in '09), his father flew in from Ghana. When he saw the hundreds of people fawning over his son, he had no idea why! Obviously, soccer is the game of choice in Ghana and much of the world.

I hope that gives a better perspective on the depths of Sam. He does not have to be a special NFL player, although I believe he will some day. However, I would bet my lastdolllar that if the NFL did not work out, he won't be among the 78% of former players in dire financial straits after the lights go out.
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#23 Posted : Monday, September 2, 2013 7:08:41 AM(UTC)
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Firstcoast1, thanks for the backstory on Barrington. Sounds like a great guy.

sschind, it was his play on the field that made me a fan.

Barrington has the size and speed you look for in a MLB. Add to that the kid consistently made plays, with authority. You see the confidence he has in getting into position and finishing. That is pretty refreshing coming from a late round pick.

Watching him play made me think we would have little to no drop off should he need to start, and actually may be a better player with time than some of our starters. Remember what it was like watching Bishop languish behind Bennett? Kind of the same thing. His talent looks legit, and that is what has me excited about him making the 53. He will be a very good player for us. May prove to be a late round steal.
Offline Firstcoast1  
#24 Posted : Monday, September 2, 2013 7:36:21 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: play2win Go to Quoted Post
Firstcoast1, thanks for the backstory on Barrington. Sounds like a great guy.

sschind, it was his play on the field that made me a fan.

Barrington has the size and speed you look for in a MLB. Add to that the kid consistently made plays, with authority. You see the confidence he has in getting into position and finishing. That is pretty refreshing coming from a late round pick.

Watching him play made me think we would have little to no drop off should he need to start, and actually may be a better player with time than some of our starters. Remember what it was like watching Bishop languish behind Bennett? Kind of the same thing. His talent looks legit, and that is what has me excited about him making the 53. He will be a very good player for us. May prove to be a late round steal.


He has always been an excellent athlete (see his HS runningback vid on youtube). Skip Holtz making him play other LB positions outside of his natural WILL opened the door for the versatility the Packers love, so it was a blessing in disguise.
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#25 Posted : Monday, September 2, 2013 8:20:43 AM(UTC)
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I do recall stories about a player with the Ghana ties. I just didn't associate the name with the story.

I haven't been able to watch much of the preseason games so his play did not stand out for me I guess.

Lets hope he continues his success.
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