Shaun Carney refused to take an easy exit. As he reclined on the field at Amon Carter Stadium, he knew his Air Force football career was over. He knew the injury to his right knee was severe.
But he didn’t want to leave on a stretcher. He wanted to leave with his head up, his eyes on his teammates. He took a slow journey to the end of his college football career.
Carney silenced critics – including this writer – during his senior season. He delivered a wise performance as the leader of Air Force’s offense. He wasn’t the star. That honor goes to Chad Hall, but he was the quiet, precise director of a powerful attack.
As he departed the field, many in the crowd stood to applaud and cheer. This tough, smart leader kept his dignity and class during his final exit.