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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

By Brian Bailey

A summer highlight: Pirates
helping Pirates help others

Former East Carolina and Dallas Cowboys star Vinson Smith (right) allows WNCT-TV
sports anchor and Bonesville columnist Brian Bailey to hold his Super Bowl XXVII
championship ring. The photograph was taken at an event associated with the David
Garrard Celebrity Golf Classic held last month at the Greenville Country Club.


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By Brian Bailey
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Checking in...

Thankfully, the summer is quickly winding down in my world.

The rest of July is pretty slow, but once the Pirates report and the NFL lockout ends, things will really get rolling.

It’s been a great summer so far, but I would just as soon be covering an East Carolina game in some sport.

This is my first chance to share some thoughts on an event that we hope becomes an annual affaire in our area. It was the first ever David Garrard Celebrity Golf Classic.

First of all, David and Mary Garrard are as classy as you can get. They both bleed purple and gold and they were both most appreciative of all of the hard work that was put in by the many volunteers that made the event such a success.

The fun part for me was seeing all of the former players that I have had the chance to cover over the last 28 years.

The celebrities were mainly former East Carolina stars. Some, like Patrick Pinkney, permanently etched their names into Pirate football lore with dazzling exploits during their college careers. Others, like Vinson Smith and C.J. Wilson, parlayed their ECU careers into Super Bowl championships.

Smith has always been one of my favorite Pirates. His deep voice and stern but friendly demeanor was always on display.

Smith knows I’m a big Dallas Cowboys fan, so he let me wear his Super Bowl ring from the Cowboys' championship in Super Bowl XXVII.

“I’ll always be a Pirate,” said Smith with a big smile. “This is a lot of fun, coming back to Greenville.”

I also got a chance to wear C.J. Wilson’s Super Bowl ring from this past February. That baby is a little bigger than the Cowboys version. The Packers ring had some 13 diamonds, one each for the Super Bowls and NFL Championships the team has won in its history.

Dwayne Harris was a part of the celebrity contingent. Harris was absolutely chomping at the bit to get a chance to show his new team, the Dallas Cowboys, what all he can do as a wide receiver.

“I’m just working out in Atlanta, trying to get in shape and be ready to go to camp,” said Harris.

I’m not sure just how good Dwayne’s golf game was, but I do know he looked fit and ready to go when training camp opens.

As a part of the festivities, Garrard and some of the celebrities gave youngsters a chance to play with the pros. The Greenville Country Club driving range was transformed into a football training camp, with drills organized by ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

Vonta Leach came back to support his fellow Pirate. Leach led the running back drills, and nailed one of the youngsters with one of the pads used in the drill.

The youngster bounced back to his feet quickly. You know he would tell all of his friends that he took a real shot from a Pro Bowl fullback and lived to tell about it!

The David Garrard Celebrity Golf Classic benefitted both Beau’s Buddies Cancer Fund of Greenville and the David Garrard Foundation.

The dinner auction and golf tournament were hugely successful and, overall, the event raised over $160,000 for the organizations.

It certainly got me thinking about Pirate football again. It won’t be long now!


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