Shoulder injury halts Gibson's grid career

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By Larry Goffinet

It looked as if this would be a banner year for Perry County athletes at Indiana State University, with at least one of them competing for the Sycamores in every season.

Perry Central graduate Aaron Carter will be a sophomore guard for the Sycamores' men's basketball team this winter. And Tell City graduate Kyle Kessinger has joined the Sycamores' track team as a sprinter.

Track's main season is the spring, though college tracksters also compete in a shorter indoor season in the winter.

Perry Central graduate Bo Gibson was supposed to complete a Perry County trio at ISU after agreeing to play football for the Sycamores as a walk-on defensive back this fall.

But Gibson abandoned those plans after two days of practice because of a lingering shoulder injury.

Gibson first injured his shoulder in last year's sectional championship game against Linton-Stockton.

After that game the injury was diagnosed as a strained rotator cuff, not a tear. And it did not bother him in baseball last spring.

But he re-injured the shoulder, or aggravated the previous injury, in his final series of play in Indiana's North-South all-star game July 18.

Apparently he didn't have enough time to rest or rehabilitate it before ISU's practice started early this month.

He told his father, Perry Central offensive coordinator Greg Gibson, that his "shoulder is still messed up. I can't hit with it, and if I can't hit I can't make the team."

So Greg Gibson advised him to abandon plans to play this season.

Bo Gibson is staying in shape with a workout program, though, and said if the shoulder heals he may try football again next year.

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There will be a new face on the chain gang at Tell City's football game with South Spencer Friday.

Mark Oberhausen has helped keep track of the distance needed for a first down at Tell City home games since 1972. But he decided that this year's season opener against Mount Vernon Aug. 22 would be his last game in that capacity.

Dusty Beard will take his place on the sideline.

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As usual there will be a lot of players, coaches and general managers on the spot when the NFL season starts this weekend.

But probably none will feel the heat more than Aaron Rodgers and the men who decided that he should replace Brett Favre as Green Bay's starting quarterback.

Rodgers has thrown only one touchdown pass and completed 35 of 59 passes (59.3 percent) in his three-year career despite playing against a lot of second-string defenses late in games that had already been decided.

Yes, Favre will be 39 Oct. 10 and Green Bay management was apparently irked that he took a long time in recent years deciding whether he wanted to retire or continue playing.

But looking at the issue from a pragmatic view instead of an emotional one, here are the facts:

1. Favre was still one of the top four quarterbacks in the NFL last year.

He completed 66.5 percent of his passes, third best in the league behind Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

His 4,155 passing yards was fourth in the league behind Brady, Brees and Tony Romo.

His 28 touchdown passes tied for sixth in the league behind Brady, Romo, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Derek Anderson.

And of the five quarterbacks with more touchdown passes, only Brady, Manning and Roethlisberger threw fewer interceptions than Favre.

2. Favre's health was not an issue, as he started every game last year for the 15th year in a row.

3. Money was also apparently not an issue, as the Packers were reportedly willing to guarantee him $25 million (in a marketing deal) to stay retired.

4. And the Packers were not losing Rodgers - he is not eligible for free agency yet.

So why the rush to make Rodgers the starter?

The bottom line is this: If a team has one of the top four quarterbacks in the league on its roster and doesn't have a chance to get one of the three ahead of him, then that team should keep him.

Instead the Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets, a move that may come back to haunt them.