Air Force backup RB Driskell seizes the moment
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Air Force backup RB Driskell seizes the moment

AFAN: Air Force, Army, Navy newsletter on Falcons' Bryan Driskell

Photo: Air Force running back Bryan Driskell

“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity that might not come than have an opportunity come and not be prepared.” – Air Force third-team running back Bryan Driskell.

Bryan Driskell says he lives by those words learned from his parents, Stancey and Ernestine Driskell. They especially sunk in watching his mother beat cancer.

“The whole time she was there for us,” Driskell said. “She always did the best she could, and she always had a smile. That’s a big reason I always smile, too. She instilled in me to be relentless no matter the circumstances. You never know when your time will come. If you quit, you might miss your time.

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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