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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, October 21, 2008

By Brian Bailey

No stardust in Garrard's eyes

By Brian Bailey
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David Garrard
(Photo: Jacksonville Jaguars)


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Former Pirate quarterback David Garrard was back on the East Carolina sidelines on Saturday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a bye this past weekend. Garrard could have been anywhere in the world, yet he and his wife Mary were back in town for Hall of Fame and Letterwinners Weekend.

I’ve written about my first interview with David Garrard before. It was after the spring game that year. I couldn’t believe what a nice young man Garrard was way back then.

I thoroughly enjoyed Garrard's years at ECU. I especially enjoy catching up with him when he returns to Greenville.

Garrard compared his own Jaguars team to East Carolina. Both have had their ups and downs this season.

“Just like college football — you just never know what you’re going to get sometimes,” said Garrard. “We’ve had some key injuries. We’re getting guys back now. We’re coming off a big win so I think this season is really starting to go our way.”

Garrard is coming off his best season to date. He isn’t just a player in the NFL. Rather, he is now one of the league’s best at the glamour position of quarterback.

“I have a lot of commentators like John Madden and Bryant Gumbel, they say that I’m one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but you’re not mentioned in the top five or six," noted Garrard. "But to me, that’s awesome that my name is even mentioned in the top ten. It’s pretty cool.”

Garrard certainly doesn’t act like one of the NFL’s biggest stars. He talked and shook hands with everyone on the sideline.

Garrard inked a new contract earlier this year and should be set for life. Still, he hasn’t let the stardom or the money go to his head.

“I always told myself, even when I was in high school," Garrard recalled, "that if I ever made it in college or in the NFL, that I would always be the same guy.

"I just want to be the same person. It’s really easy. I have a great wife (Mary, a tennis letterwinner in her days at ECU) who will always keep me humble. I don’t want to be somebody that I’m not. I don’t want to be phony. That’s just not who I am.”

The Jags are 3-3 in the AFC South. Tennessee, led by former Pirate Chris Johnson, is in first place at 6-0. The Titans beat Garrard’s Jags in week one, 17-10, in Nashville. The next “Pirate Bowl” is set for November 16th in Jacksonville.

News and Notes

 ——— East Carolina receiver Dwayne Harris says he will be able to play against Central Florida a week from this Sunday. Harris has struggled a bit with a bum shoulder for some time now.

“They told me it was a minor separation,” said Harris. “It was already hurting for a couple of weeks but we just kept it wrapped and tried not to make it worse. I’ll be alright. I’ll be back for UCF.”

 ——— East Carolina wrapped up the fall baseball season this past weekend. Thursday’s weather was absolutely perfect. Coach Billy Godwin and I joked that we wouldn’t see a day like that for Pirate baseball until May!

Where was that weather on Saturday for the football game? Godwin seemed pleased with his team’s play in the fall.

“Scrimmages are tough,” he said. “If you hit it well, it makes you wonder if your pitching is okay. And, if you pitch it well, you wonder if your hitters are getting the job done. This, though, was a great combination of everything. The guys worked hard."


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10/21/2008 01:58:00 AM


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