USA Today – In a story that speaks to the football-crazed state of Nebraska, a college football transfer was convinced to join the local Cornhuskers after getting pulled over by a state trooper en route to his first visit to the campus. Pat Smith, a kicker from Western Illinois University, was on his way to Lincoln, Neb., over the weekend when a Nebraska trooper pulled him over shortly after he crossed the border from Iowa, presumably for exceeding the speed limit. Rather than hand Smith a ticket, however, the trooper let him off with a warning and a description of what it means to be a Cornhusker.
Matt Shuckman, the sports editor of the Quincy Herald-Whig, writes that Smith told the trooper he was “exploring the possibility of transferring from Western Illinois University and making this his official visit to the Big Ten Conference school.” Smith gives some of the details: ¬†”(The trooper) took my insurance card and went back to his car. He then waved me back to his car. We spent about 15 minutes talking about the Huskers.” ¬†After the chat, the trooper let Smith off with a written warning and “an idea of what the rest of the visit would be like,” Shuckman writes. “It made an impression,” Smith said. Writes Shuckman, “It convinced him there’s no place he’d rather be.”
Great story but let’s not go sucking this state trooper’s dick just yet. ¬†I mean it’s not like the kid was between Nebraska, Texas, LSU and Alabama or something. ¬†It was between Nebraska and Western Illinois. ¬†Big Ten football school vs…Western Illinois. ¬†Big Ten football girls vs….Western Illinois girls. ¬†Not sure the guy needed his arm twisted to make the decision. ¬†Like if those are the baseball chicks up there just imagine the football ones? ¬† Still it’s always good when you’ve got state troopers doing your recruiting for you letting people out of speeding tickets if they agree to sign and play for you. ¬†Definitely a plus to have the cops on your side as a college kid.