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September 27, 2013
When Drew Breez left the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent in 2005 following a devastating shoulder injury, most NFL coaches considered him a liability. Then he inked a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints and has since become one of the game's most elite quarterbacks, leading the league in passing yards and winning a Super Bowl along the way.
Now, I'm no Drew Breez; but I did recently become a free agent (of sorts) and I am anxious to get back in the game (or rather, on the sidelines).
"Who's the chick," some of you are wondering. And an even better question would be, "Why is she rambling on SCVarsity.com?"
My name is Tiffany Grady-Hudgins and these days I am an independent sports journalist. I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation from Jim Baxter to join SCVarsity as a guest columnist.
Now, should my credibility be called into question, I could swear before the court that I am indeed qualified to speak on such topics, siting examples of my extensive sports background as evidence. I could probably even round up a witness or two who would testify on my behalf...
Or I could plead the fifth and let you readers cast your own verdict. (Just maybe you'll show mercy.)
What I will submit are a few particulars that may help us become better acquainted. I am a small town girl who grew up in Lockhart, SC. For those of you not familiar with "LockhErt", it's located in Union County, and before it was closed in 2005, the high school produced some of the most talented athletes in the state of South Carolina--particularly during the 70's--and my dad, Wayne Grady, was one of them.
Like father, like daughter, I was born with a passion for sports. I was a three-sport athlete in high school before receiving a scholarship to Spartanburg Methodist College for softball.
My love for all things competitive is what led me to pursue a career in sports journalism during which time I have contributed to a couple of local newspapers; the Chester News and Reporter as well as the Union Daily Times where I served as Sports Editor for three years.
Even though I am no longer bound to any particular publication, my goals remain the same; to write premium sports articles on local athletes, to share the occasional opinion through columns and blogs and to provide photos from area sporting events, whether it's on social media, the website I'm currently developing, or by making a guest appearance here and there.
I'm not as familiar with teams from the lower part of the state, so I won't pretend to be. My focus will be on high school (3A in general, Region III in particular) because it's what I know.
There is a lot of talent in the state of South Carolina and it's our job as journalists to give those athletes the exposure they deserve. I'm determined to do that - by any means - and to prove my worth in this industry. Maybe I'll convince someone to take a chance on me in the process.
My story may not turn out the way Drew's did, I may even get sent back down to the practice squad for a while, who knows.
For now, the jury is still out.
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