12. forty four.

If you're wondering, it's totally not a coincidence that I picked a picture of him racking up yards against the Steelers.

My first football idol was Leroy Kelly.

Kelly played for the Browns from 1964 through 1973, starting what was a Hall of Fame career as a backup to Jim Brown and finishing with an NFL championship and more than 7,000 rushing yards.

I remember watching those Browns teams on a black-and-white television — the one with the chipped plastic corner around the upper part of the frame — in the family room of my first childhood home. I also remember having one of those Sport Illustrated posters of Kelly hanging in my bedroom.

I suppose you have to be of a certain age to remember Leroy Kelly and the other players of that era. And, I suppose, I am of that age.

Take a look at Kelly’s jersey number. And then wish me a happy birthday.

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19 thoughts on “12. forty four.”

  1. 1) Happy birthday!
    2) I remember Leroy Kelly. I even had his football card.
    3) That’s a sweet throwback jersey the Steeler is wearing. (Wait, whatdya mean that’s not a throwback?)

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  2. Delurking to wish you the Happiest of Birthdays. There has to be some cool meaning in all the numbers – 10-12-10 and 44 but I don’t know what it is. Fellow resident of BH (have read your blog since shortly before we moved here from Seattle) and hubby is Ohio State fan (and football fanatic) so I feel like I know you well. Hope it is a great day for you!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen, and welcome to the neighborhood. We discovered another Ohio State fan in BH a few weeks ago. We were leaving for a game weekend in Columbus, and he was moving in to a house on California; when he saw all the OSU gear on my bright red Element, he started doing the universally recognized O-H arm motions.

      Hm. That wouldn’t be your husband, would it?

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    2. Hi there – nope, that was not him, but would have been pretty cool if it had been! We have been here about a year and a half now… sometimes it feels brand new and sometimes feels like we have been here forever.

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