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March 29, 2012North Mesquite coach Mike Robinson has a lot of images of his former star running back Joe Bergeron etched into his mind.
But the one the image from practices that Robinson will always remember involved other players counting the people in line ahead of them to see if they had to go up against Bergeron in "bull in the ring" - a one-on-one blocking/tackling drill.
"He treated any live session in practice as a game session," Robinson said. "If you're going to step up to tackle him, you better step up to tackle him because he was basically in game mode. A lot of kids lost that battle trying to bring him down.
"Joe was not lazy or spoiled. Joe was not catered to. Joe was not pampered. Cynthia was not one of those moms who was like, 'Oh, you fell down? Come here and let me see.' She was like, 'Oh you fell down? Well, you better get up and go again.'