Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

One More Show for Tech's Joe

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

One More Show for Tech's Joe

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One more show, Joe.

That's all we ask.

For auld lang syne, my friend.

Sadly, Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton will play his last college football game today in the Toyota Gator Bowl, which is sort of like Houdini making an elephant disappear one last time or Springsteen singing "Thunder Road" one last time. If college football were a democracy, we would all show up at Alltel Stadium today and chant "Four More Years!" as Hamilton trotted off the field for the final time.

There's still time to get your tickets -- and, believe me, there are plenty available. As of last count, the University of Miami had sold approximately 2,000 tickets, which means there will be slightly more UM fans at Alltel Stadium today as there is for a normal UM home game in the Orange Bowl. Remember the movie Idle Hands? It was about ticket-takers at UM football games.

And if you can't make it out to Alltel Stadium, you better flip on the tube. This is Must See TV.

In all probability, this will be the last time we see Joe Hamilton passing and pirouetting, dodging and darting, running and gunning on such a grand stage. You see, Little Joe is said to be way too small to play in the NFL. He's listed at 5-foot-10, but when the NFL combine gets through with him, he'll probably be closer to 5-7. He's so small, he makes Flutie look like a Tuba.

We can argue all day whether a 5-foot-7 quarterback can be a franchise player in the NFL, but that's not what this is all about. I couldn't care less what Hamilton's pro potential is. As long as networks and newspapers are spewing out millennium lists ad nauseum, Little Joe gets my vote as the most exciting college quarterback of the 20th century.

To me, it's players like Hamilton who make the college game infinitely more entertaining than the pro game. The fact is, the three best college quarterbacks I've ever seen -- Hamilton, Florida's Danny Wuerffel and Florida State's Charlie Ward -- have all been pro football longshots.

The NFL unquestionably has the best players in the world, but there is a sameness to all of them. …

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