September 23, 2010

There's no quit in Chandler

UCLA man for all seasons, Nate Chandler showed his grit and character when the Bruins were trailing 35-0 to Stanford. Most of the Bruin faithful had already headed for exits to take on L.A. freeways, but for Chandler he was still playing hard. There is no quit in this young man.

The Cardinal had just scored their fifth touchdown of the night and there was Chandler pancaking two Cardinal players on the kickoff return team. You can't help but admire a player who gives his all, no matter the score, no matter the circumstance.

One thing you can count on is, Chandler is going to play hard every game. had a chance to talk to Chandler recently after a practice. I have wanted to talk to you since the Stanford game because even though the score was 35-0, you were fighting. On the kickoff return team, you pancaked two Stanford players. You were still fighting. What is it about you that makes you want to fight to then end even in a blowout? Not everyone does.

Chandler: "I feel like you are weak if you give up. I was taught never to give up and even though it was kickoff return and we were down 35-0, I feel like I might as well go out smash somebody, because they were trying to smash us.

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