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Remembering (and Forgetting) the Titans

Anita Kumar

This is one of those small-world stories.

Three decades ago, when Bob McDonnell played football at Bishop Ireton High School, he once faced the same undefeated T.C. Williams team later depicted in the movie "Remember the Titans."

McDonnell scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Of course, we all know how the story ends -- the Titans won -- but apparently some of the Titans' players were not too fond of McDonnell after he scored.

McDonnell's high school friend, Tim Battle, remembers that one player even shoved him, costing him a penalty. (McDonnell doesn't remember having a run-in with one particular player but does remember getting "clocked" in the end zone by a bunch of Titans.)

Battle said that teenager was Earl Cook -- the same Earl Cook who took over as Alexandria's first black police chief last week (after the former chief was arrested for drunken driving in Arlington County). Cook's office did not return calls for comment.

"I hope he's still not mad at me,'' McDonnell quipped. "It's going to be rough driving in Alexandria."

By Anita Kumar  |  September 4, 2009; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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