Too much… too fast

November 1st, 2005

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I enjoyed an unremarkable football career. The most memorable moment didn’t occur on the gridiron. It happened in the weight room – the afternoon I was alone and put too much weight on the bench press bar too soon. I had barely hoisted the bar off the rack when it quickly settled on my heaving chest; pushing the air out my lungs like an imploding basketball. I was pinned, with no way out. My football story has a happy ending. Two players came to the rescue (I could still scream, barely – I had no shame). And I learned a valuable lesson about too much, too fast. That same lesson might apply to recent incident at Dartmouth College where the ending is not as happy; at least so far.

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