The beginning. They called it “Throw it up and get busted” because, really, that’s all the game was. The kids in the no-stoplight, one-store town of Sylvarena, Miss., (population: 119) had no football to play with, no money to buy one. So they grabbed an empty two-liter bottle and stuffed some rocks inside. They made do.Throw it up. Catch it. Get clobbered.“Chaos,” Donte Moncrief remembers. “Crazy.”That was Moncrief’s first football – a two-liter bottle filled with stones to weigh it down. Worked well enough. The family couldn’t afford a basketball goal, either, so they nailed a slab of wood to a tree and called it a backboard. They made do.The town was small, life simple. “Sports or streets,” Donte says. He was the baby of Spencer and Nineta Moncrief’s four children, the rambunctious youngster who spent every waking moment following his two brothers around. He’d get off the school bus and dart to the field, the woods, wherever, without even dropping his backpack off at home. He’d play until dark.“We’re not talking normal play,” cautions his older sister, Candis Johnson. “We’re talking about us calling him in for dinner while he’s climbing on top of our grandma’s house! Or all the times we… Read full this story
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