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Re: Which Former Bengal Do You Dislike the Most?
Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
Coy Bacon was a helluva player but a pretty bad dude. He played in the pre-ESPN days so much of his off-field exploits were glossed over. Let's just say his was an unsavory character. Lots of violence, guns, and drugs.
He has done a complete 180 now.
Bacon talks to students about highs and lows of NFL career
By TIM STEPHENS
HUNTINGTON - At 6-foot-6, 330 pounds, when Coy Bacon speaks, people listen.
About 40 Marshall University students listened intently to Bacon on Tuesday night at the school's Campus Christian Center when the former NFL All-Pro defensive end spoke to MU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle.
"Cocaine, marijuana, pills, alcohol, I did them all," said Bacon, an Ironton native and an assistant football coach at South Point High School. "I remember I spent $25,000 on cocaine in a month and a half. All the money I made playing football, I lost it all. I lost all of it."
From 1967 through 1981, Bacon was one of the fiercest pass rushers in football. An All-Pro defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, Bacon was a star on the football field and led a terrible lifestyle off it. Bacon's transformation from drug-addicted, womanizing renegade to rock-solid Christian began the morning of Aug. 15, 1986. Bacon answered a knock at his door and was met by a gunshot that nearly killed him. The bullet passed through him and into a gas stove that Bacon said didn't explode only because of God's grace.
"I was in that hospital bed hooked up to machines and ready to die," Bacon said. "Jesus came down and told the death angel to leave. He saved me right there."
A much-sought speaker and choir member at the First Baptist Church of Burlington, Bacon, 62, tries to reach as many youngsters as he can. While many attending Marshall's huddle hadn't heard of Bacon before Tuesday, they came away impressed.
"It was good," said Amanda Williams, a Thundering Herd softball standout. "I enjoyed it."
Several more veteran FCAers remembered Bacon well.
"Man, he could play," said John Sutherland, an assistant coach with the Herd's women's basketball team. "He was the Javon Kearse or Michael Strahan of his day."
Bacon appreciated the praise -- to an extent.
"Strahan couldn't carry my shoes," Bacon said, with a laugh. "Back when I played, football was football."
Strahan, a standout with the New York Giants, holds the official NFL sacks record, with 22 in 16 games. In 1976, before sacks were an official statistic, Bacon had 26 in one 14-game season.
"That sacks record is mine," Bacon said, again with a boisterous laugh.
It is not the football records that Bacon cherishes, however.
"Every breath I take, I know who does it for me," Bacon said. "The Lord could take me right now, if He wanted to do it. He could take you, too. Do for Him. Tell other people about Him. Do it while you're young."
Bacon said the lifestyles of many adults and children alike trouble him.
Bacon said he is concerned about the media's influence on youth.
"Coke, alcohol, cussing, chasing women, I still talk about those things,"
Bacon says. "I know that Christ can make you new. He made me new. You can't hang with people doing the wrong thing and do what they do. They'll try to get you to do that. Don't let them. Don't let them take away what you have."
Ralph May was head football coach at Chesapeake High School when he first met Bacon in the mid-1960s.
"He was quite an athlete," May said.
The Rev. Bob Bondurant agreed.
"I saw Coy play basketball many years ago at Richwood High School,"
Bondurant said. "He was a good player. He could run up and down that court."
Sutherland was impressed with Bacon.
"What I like about him is he is a bold man," Sutherland said. "I think we all, and that includes me, need to be that bold. I really admire that in him."
Bacon related how he has a pacemaker, has overcome a shooting and a bout with cancer.
"The Lord has been with me through it all," Bacon said. "He brought me through all of it."
Originally Posted by savafan
I've read books about sparkling vampires who walk around in the daylight that were written better than a John Fay article.