Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 12/2/11

In my childhood I briefly met Larry Bird and other members of the 1979 Indiana State Sycamores team that met Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA championship game.  It shaped me in so many ways.

Similarly Jack Carney's childhood involved a chance encounter with Marvin Harrison:

My second and more important memory came later during the same year inside of a local Sherwin Williams. The largely unknown rookie was signing autographs at the store, and apparently my parents were the only people in town who had the foresight to know that Marv was going to someday be one of the greatest wide receivers to ever live. Mel Kiper has nothing on Julie Carney. As far as we could tell, my family was the only one to show up to meet the future legend. We were nervous and quiet. Marvin was equally nervous and equally quiet (turns out he’s always this way). My brother and I received autographed footballs and took a picture with the surprisingly very average sized man. Instantly, Marvin was my favorite football player on the planet (with exception to the untouchable Jim Harbaugh) and would be for quite some time. Little did I know, I had just met a soon to be superstar who 15 years later would be enshrined into the Colts Ring of Honor in an incredible stadium that he (in a way) would help build. 

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