Mike Sellers Was a Scary High School Kid
During the bye week, Mike Sellers had his uniform retired at his high school, North Thurston, up in the Great Northwest. This gave the local paper an excuse to track down a longtime area coach, one Ed Fisher, who saw Sellers play in high school. The coach called Sellers easily the best prep player he'd ever seen--and he saw a bunch of NFL guys, including Jon Kitna and Lawyer Milloy--and said Sellers could have gone straight to starting in the NFL out of high school, that it didn't seem fair to watch him face prep kids.
That's cool, I guess. But these stories are better. Mike Sellers, apparently, was a somewhat terrifying 17-year old kid. From the coach's memory file:
On a kickoff, Sellers raced downfield and took on the wedge, slamming into Wilson. The collision sent Wilson flying backwards, knocking him out cold. Wilson's facemask was caved in to his nose.
"We had to cut the facemask off," Fisher said.
Several years later, Wilson applied for a secret service job to be a bodyguard for the president. Wilson listed Fisher as a reference, and someone called the coach.
"They asked me if I thought Chris would take a bullet for the president," Fisher said. "I said absolutely. He had already taken a bullet from Mike Sellers."
In that same game, Fisher watched Sellers blast into Fisher's son, Adam, a 135-pound quarterback. Adam dropped back to pass, and Sellers quickly closed from his linebacker position.
"I'm thinking, 'Oh my gosh, I lost a son,' " Fisher said...."Mike knocked Adam completely out of the camera's view. He knocked him into the sidelines."
Sellers, by the way, wore No. 44 in high school. Which reminds me, The Angelo Hall will apparently be No. 32 in D.C. (Nope, actually 23.) Still waiting for stories of his high school exploits.
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