-Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and freshman quarterback Tim Jefferson were among those who tried out an F-22 simulator at the Falcons’ team hotel Monday.
They got instructions from Col. Jim Hecker (a former Air Force strong safety who graduated in 1989) and then carried out missions.
Jefferson took out some enemy fighters and also went on a bombing run.
“It was fun – it was amazing,” Jefferson said. “It was one of those things where you just sit back and say, ‘Wow’ and just be astonished at everything it can do.”
Since he was about four years old, Jefferson has wanted to fly. He thinks he wants to fly cargo planes because he hopes to fly commercially when he leaves the Air Force. But he looked pretty comfortable in the simulator.
“That’s from video games,” he said. “They say they made that plane off of video game skills, so it kind of came as a natural to me.”
-How ridiculously amazing is the F-22? According to Hecker, its stealth makes it borderline unbeatable. “Imagine playing a (football) team that couldn’t see your receivers,” he said. “It’s just not fair.”
-Neither Houston nor Air Force will practice tomorrow. Both teams will be on hand at the Fort Worth Convention Center, however, for a kickoff luncheon at noon.
There also will be a press conference featuring both coaches and two players from each team (senior tight end Travis Dekker and senior outside linebacker Hunter Altman from Air Force and sophomore quarterback Case Keenum and senior defensive end Phillip Hunt from Houston). I’ll pass along all the good lines.
-Ran into former Falcon outside linebacker John Rabold tonight. Rabold is in Pensacola, Fla., working in acquisitions. He’s still staying in shape, however, and keeping alive his dream of one day playing in the pros.
-No food/restaurant review today as a reader asked me not to go all Peter King on you readers of this blog. Don’t worry, there won’t be a regular “Coffeenerdness” section. Though I have been toying with the idea of a “Whiskeynerdness” section. Stay tuned.