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George Foussekis

McGuffey Elementary School, Lane High School

Everyone got involved in it.  I don’t think it was just the football part of it, because you aren’t going to jump from 500 people to 9,000 people coming to games.  I think it was  a common goal.  People were trying to reconnect, and that was their goal, was the football team, they had a common goal.  They were proud of it, taking some pride in it.  Putting all the negativity out the way.  And I think sports have always brought people together.  9/11, good example.  People were really depressed.  What brought people back — baseball and the National Football League.  I think that was a big part of bringing people back, making them feel better about themselves.  So sports has always brought people together, and race makes no difference.  The best players are going to play in sports. There’s no favoritisms, you know.  You’re the best player, you play.  That’s the way it should be.