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Great... I hate the Skins anyway so it will be great to root against them this year.

P.S... We drafted L.Washington in the 4th round, if Mangini can work magic again with a 4th for Pete... This will actually be one hell of a trade come next year if we can get another leon for another position in terms of skill and or potential.

Kerry Rhodes as well...good job by the Jets.

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Linebacker, 59, to Play College Ball

By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer


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ALPINE, Texas - Mike Flynt was drinking beer and swapping stories with some old football buddies a few months ago when he brought up the biggest regret of his life: Getting kicked off the college team before his senior year. So, one of his pals said, why not do something about it?

Most 59-year-olds would have laughed. Flynt's only concern was if he was eligible.

Finding out he was, Flynt returned to Sul Ross State this month, 37 years after he left and six years before he goes on Medicare. His comeback peaked Wednesday with the coach saying he's made the Division III team's roster. He could be in action as soon as Sept. 1.

Flynt is giving new meaning to being a college senior. After all, he's a grandfather and a card-carrying member of AARP. He's eight years older than his coach and has two kids older than any of his teammates.

"I think it was Carl Yastrzemski who used to say, `How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?' I'd be in my late 20s or early 30s, because that's how I feel," said Flynt, who has made a living out of physical fitness. "That's been my approach to this whole thing. I feel that good. I'm just going to find out if I can perform and make a contribution to the team."

A longtime strength and conditioning coach at Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M, he's spent the last several years selling the Powerbase training system he invented. Clients include school systems and the military. His colorful life story includes being the son of a Battle of the Bulge survivor and having dabbled in gold mines and oil wells _ successfully.

Flynt's life was supposed to be slowing down this fall. With his youngest child starting at the University of Tennessee, he and Eileen, his wife of 35 years, are planning to take advantage of being empty-nesters for the first time.

Instead, they've moved to this remote patch of West Texas so Flynt can mend an old wound and, he hopes, inspire others.

He became emotional discussing his goal of "helping a bunch of young men to make up for those guys that I let down." Then he laughed about the reality that fellow Baby Boomers are getting the most out of his comeback.

"People are kind of in awe. They keep comparing me to themselves and where they are physically," he said. "If I can help anyone out by what I'm doing, then it's all worth it."

Flynt's position is still being determined, but he used to play linebacker. Wherever he lines up, he'll likely become the oldest player in college football history. Neither the NCAA or NAIA keeps such a statistic, but research hasn't turned up anyone older than their mid-40s. And even those are rare, for obvious reasons.

"I told him he's an idiot," said Jerry Larned, who coached Flynt at Sul Ross in 1969 and counseled him at the start of his comeback. "I said, `Gosh, dang, Mike, you're not 20 years old any more. You're liable to cripple yourself.' He understands all of that. But he has a burning desire to play. ... He is in great physical condition. He still runs a 5-flat 40 and bench presses I-don't-know-what. He's a specimen for 59 years old."

Back in the day, Flynt was quite a player.

In 1965, he was on the first state championship team at Odessa Permian, the high school featured in "Friday Night Lights." He was offered a partial scholarship at Arkansas when the Razorbacks were among the top teams in the land, but instead went to Ranger Junior College.

He wound up at Sul Ross in 1969. An NAIA school then, the Lobos were in the Lone Star Conference with East Texas State, which at the time had future NFL stars Harvey Martin and Dwight White, and Texas A&I, which was starting a two-year run as national champs. The highlight of Flynt's two years at Sul Ross was sticking A&I with its only loss in '69.

Flynt was going into his senior year in 1971 when he got into a fight that was far from his first. School officials decided they'd had enough and threw him out of school. He earned his degree from Sul Ross by taking his remaining classes elsewhere.

"I actually grieved for more years than I can remember the loss of that senior year," said Flynt, who'd been a team captain and the leading tackler as a junior. "What really got me was I felt that was MY football team and I had let them down. ... I don't know if I ever got over it, but I finally learned to live with it."

Then came word of a reunion of former Sul Ross students from the 1960s and '70s. Randy Wilson, who has been best friends with Flynt since they met as college roommates in 1969, talked a bunch of his former teammates into using that event as an excuse to get back together.

During several days of reminiscing, Flynt's pain became fresh as ever, especially when one of the guys said their '71 season went down the drain without Flynt.

That's when he told them of his remorse. And, he added, "What really gets me is that I feel like I can still play."

"You might as well give it a shot," Wilson told him. "The worst thing that can happen is you get your head knocked off and come home."

When Flynt returned home to Franklin, Tenn., his wife wasn't as fired up by the idea.

"I feel like I'm married to Peter Pan," she said.

It took time to accept that instead of joining their daughter at Tennessee's home opener she would be watching her husband hit kids one-third his age.

Eventually she came around. They've sold their suburban Nashville home and are now living in Alpine, a town of about 6,000 residents near the Big Bend National Park, a three-hour drive from the nearest major airport.

"I told her, for me to know that I can do it and not do it would be worse than losing out the first time," he said.

A devout Christian, Flynt sees many religious undertones to his story. He also believes it touts the benefits of strength training.

"People have asked me, `Mike, what is the fountain of youth?' Well, it's strength training that builds muscle, increases bone density and burns calories," he said. "It's the one thing you can do in your 90s and benefit from."

Just to be clear, Flynt won't be playing football in his 90s.

He'll be out of eligibility then.

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big difference Kimo is a positive force in the LR-Kendall was a cancer

It can be argued that they turned Kendall into a cancer and I have heard at least as many good things about Kendall mentoring the young players as Kimo. At least Kendall isn't a complete zero on the field. I'm not arguing they should have kept Kendall, that ship has long sailed, but that like all teams they waste time on useless players. Clarke starting now does not indicate to me that he is a quality starting NFL OG.

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JC: I again refer you back to the Patriot playoff game and SEYMOUR. Not to beat a dead horse, but did Kendall want to re-open the contract and give money back to the team because of his poor play last year. You know as well as I do that it is not the sacks that hurt so much with CHAD. It is the pressure up the middle. kendall was on the ground quite a bit last year. See the Jax game too! We endured two shutouts last year. Our OL had tons of trouble run blocking. Chad thrives on paly action fakes. It is hard to use play action when the OG(s) are on the ground!

Then why didn't they cut him like they said they would?

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well everyone should be happy now. the jets got what they wanted and so did kendall. time to move on.

i think the only one unhappy by all this is Rich Cimini who won't have this continuing saga to write about anymore (except if the Jets don't find a good replacement at LG).

No kidding...Kendall was probably his "source" for other info too. Cimini may have to actually work to find new stories to write. The Kendall soap opera is done, but I doubt he'll stop writing about it. He'll probably throw a jab or two into every article he writes for the rest of the year. He's the worst beat writer IMO. By far.

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Well most here are getting their wish with Kendall being traded. In my opinion this is a huge mistake for a variety of reasons. This will greatly impact the running and passing game as neither Bender or Clarke are ready to be starters at this point. Sure you can throw them to the fire but I would rather go with the proven veteran guy who can get it done. He was also a team leader (voted captain by teammates) who can continue to help the O line ON the field during battle. Sure you cannot set precedent with all of this contract crap but who knows what was said behind closed doors and with the inmaturity the Jets handled this situation I am taking Pete's side.

I hope I am wrong but this puts a huge dent in the offensive line...god forbid this trade is within the same division

This TOTALLY messes with my Chad bet, damn you Jets front office!! lol

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I was voting for Clarke before the Williams boys sent him back to college. He looked like he was running in mud out there.

'meh...He's solid, but he couldn't even move D-rob if we faced him again. I am a little nervous for the pass protection, but the run blocking has to be an impovement.

well since I am Jets fan and do not want to see the running game go backwards and or Chad get killed, Jets fans should be worried. Clarke and Bender are a step backwards

what were you saying a year ago when we got rid of MAWAE and started a rookie center? Ditto, LT? Time marches on! Youth can not be denied!

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From the time this was posted on PFT, I have not seen this confirmed anywhere else.

They usually get it right more often than not, but lets hear it from someone else.

ESPN says Tannebaum (spelling) pulled Kendall off the field today and a deal is almost done with an undisclosed team...

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You guys dont know how sick i was of seeing his miserable puss out there every day, but I think the way they FO handled it is going to leave a mark with some of the players.

A "mark" as far as what? If the Jets show success on the field, players will want to come here rather than jump ship...if the Tangini corporation blows up, I can see your point.

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barring something crazy, whoever replaces him this year will suck a lot more.

you can't state that unequivicolly Joe-who knows, maybe Jacb Bender turns out to be a pro bowler-the one place we've been pretty lucky for the last decade is at the OL position.

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A "mark" as far as what? If the Jets show success on the field, players will want to come here rather than jump ship...if the Tangini corporation blows up, I can see your point.

A mark as far as being very wary about future dealings with the FO.

A mark as far as other free agents wanting to play on the Jets

A mark as far as being union guys and not liking the way management handled this. Ever been in a union? You know how respected the union rep is by the rank and file?

You think any of the players believed he was put in a rookie dorm by accident? Pffft...they have long memories, too.

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