I wasn't much of an athlete growing up. Occasionally, however, someone will ask if I played sports as a kid. Here's the story I've told a million times:
At Hill Junior High I was fairly tall (5'6”) in 7th grade. By 8th grade I was still big enough that I was the guard on the flag football team. By 9th grade I was no longer a BMOC and was replaced by numerous other boys including this kid that had to be 8 feet tall and 500 pounds. Gary was named the starting guard on the flag football team although I may be underestimating his size. I focused on chasing girls. And I'm still 5'6”tall.
It sounds like Gary continued to cast a large positive shadow during his lifetime, which will be missed. My condolences to the family.