Laquon Lett relived his glory days by returning an interception the full length of the field for a touchdown. Lett is not in the same shape that he was when he played at Crenshaw High School, but he still lumbered his way down the field. Photo by Jason Lewis
The Turkey Bowl is just a pickup game, but there are some athletes out there. Photo by Jason Lewis
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together and reflect on the good things in life. Well for some family and friends, especially those who grew up playing football, they use the bulk of their morning reflecting, and reliving their glory days on the football field. Seeing that pickup football games are not frequently played, the Turkey Bowl is the only time of the year that many former athletes go out and play.
Everybody has the day off, it is the middle of the football season, so it is the perfect time to put on the cleats and try to get those old bones moving, even if they are no longer moving very fast. And everybody playing will let you know just how slow you have become. That is what happened when Laquon Lett intercepted a pass in the endzone, and somehow stumbled his way down the field for a touchdown. When he was congratulated by his teammates, Nate Harrison yelled out, “Man, you must run the 40-yard dash in fourrrrrr-ever!”
Harrison, who played quarterback, receiver, and safety at Leuzinger and Hawthorne High Schools (graduated in 1996), was having a great time basking in his glory, as his team was beating their opponents pretty soundly.
“We blew them out the first game,” Harrison said. “My first two catches went for touchdowns, so it was no challenge for me. I’m sitting this game out so we can try to make it challenging. If we were in college, we would be putting in our red-shirt freshmen right now. This is like Pros vs. Joes.”
Harrison plays semi-pro football for the Inglewood Blackhawks, who recently defeated the Southern California Steelers for the championship. His team at the Turkey Bowl was filled with former football players, including Lett, who graduated from Crenshaw High School in 2008, and he was a member of their 2005 City Championship team as a running back and linebacker.
“You always think back on football if you played it for so long,” Lett said. “I’ve been playing every year since Pop Warner through my 12th grade year. This (the Turkey Bowl) is something that I can’t miss.”
Lett was happy that he was able to make a big play, even though he is not in the shape that he used to be during his playing days. He is not moving as fast as he used to.
“All my juices ran out, but I still scored,” Lett said. “It felt great…besides me feeling a little slow.”