By Michael Rand
OK, so we got a little tip from The Feed, which is kind enough to pass along its best work. It’s an interesting story in its own right, but we have to admit: The reason we’re posting it is a little selfish: We created the “cannon-related injuries” category a while back thinking that this story would be the only one we would ever post. Then The Feed showed up today with this:
I was reading some dispatches from the NFL scouting combine and saw a name that I wasn’t familiar with atop the list of fastest throw from a quarterback. I also got an email about Chris Leak scoring poorly on the Wonderlic test and it made reference to the same name. Toby Korrodi of Central Missouri threw the ball at 63 mph, according to the Newark Star-Ledger’s notes, so I decided to dig a bit deeper to find out if Korrodi is destined to be the next Johnny Unitas.
Not surprisingly the Kansas City Star comes up first when you consult Senor Google. Randy Covitz has done a great job of profiling the local long shot. Korrodi’s story helps, right from the start you’ve got yourself a helluva hook.
Korrodi, 23, is a father of three whose wife survived a horrific cannon accident on a football field three years ago.
This post isn’t schadenfreude because she survived, right? (And by the way, that picture just randomly came up with a Google Image search of “cannon.” But we did a little more searching and came across the band’s web site. Why don’t you go and do a little exploring and get back to us on that one).