Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, February 05, 2018

He reached for his copy of the newspaper. "Do you see this series y'all are doing, 'The Real Life -- Surviving after the NFL?' You ought to do a story about me," he said again. Looking back, as surprised as I was, I was probably even more skeptical. "So what's your name?" He carefully unfolded a plastic bag from some hidden spot and produced a ragged ID card. Jackie Wallace, it read. The name meant nothing to me, but I didn't tell him that. We talked a little and I shot a few more frames, then thanked him for his time. I headed back to the newspaper office. More specifically, I rushed over to the sports department. There were probably two dozen sports writers pounding out daily stories when I walked up. "Has anyone ever heard of a guy named Jackie Wallace?" I said. Every head turned. An editor spoke first. "Of course," he said. "He was a star at St. Aug, played for University of Arizona, and played for the Vikings, Colts and the Rams."




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In 1990, a homeless man looked me in the eye and said, "You aught to do a story about me."
I asked him why.
"Because I've played in three Super Bowls."
Now, finally, here's the entire story, 28 years in the making. - FTA

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-04 04:49 PM | Reply

Jackie told me how important it was for him to see the photos every morning, to touch them and to remember.
"It only takes one slip," he said, "and I'll end up right back where you found me. That picture you took, in the fetal position ... I'm being born again."
It was one of the proudest moments of my journalism career. This is why I got into this business -- to unleash the awesome transformational power of photography.


#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-04 05:19 PM | Reply

This is a powerful story of a gallant soul tortured by addiction. By now, I hope he has found peace in death.

A must read!

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-06 05:32 AM | Reply

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