Sunday, July 10, 2011

Emerson Boozer on the Passing of Clarence Clemons

Emerson Boozer, the famous running back for the New York Jets was quoted recently when asked how he felt about the death of his old friend and football colleague (both were team-mates at Maryland State University in the mid nineteen sixties) Clarence Clemons:

“Naturally, it saddens you a little, but I’ve gotten to the point where death doesn’t sadden me too much because I know that we’re not here forever,” Boozer said. “We’re only here for a span of time, and no matter how you go, that was your time span. You accept it and move on.”

Well said Emerson. A sobering reminder that life is way too short to worry about the little things and that we should all do the very best we can to live our lives to the fullest and pursue our dreams with passion like the Big Man did.

"The Big Man is gone, but he leaves a rich and timeless legacy. How many musicians can say they opened holes for Emerson Boozer? How many offensive lineman can say they blazed a trail with Bruce Springsteen?
Either way you play it, that’s a life well lived "

From William C. Rhoden, The New York Times 7/10/11

These quotes are from "Before Springsteen, Clarence was a Big Man on Campus" which appeared in the July 10 2011 print and internet edition of the New York Times.

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