He made the wise decision, and decided to play football. He was, so far as I’m concerned, the first soccer-style kicker in the US (that was 1953). In his three years in Denver, he made the Pro Bowl as a punter, averaging 44.1 yards per kick. A present-day "James" (not Jim - ever notice that parents don’t use nicknames anymore?
) Fraser would go home and tell his parents what had happened, and they would hire a lawyer, who would contact the Headmaster, who would fire the coach and expel the Lassen twins. And bring in an expert to talk to the remaining students about the horrors of bullying.
As a teacher myself, I thought he did a great job of meeting his audience on their terms and making it a memorable lesson, and the kids were incredibly polite and well-behaved. Parents have given up on teaching their kids manners, right? We ended with several people saying, spontaneously, “God Bless America.” And then we walked home together, many of us having made new friends. Until the “doughboys” proved their mettle in combat, there was pressure from our Allies to use American troops as fill-ins for their troops lost in battle.
In the middle of the esplanade at the center of the town of Cantigny stands a large bronze sculpture of a 28th Infantry Regiment Black Lion of Cantigny Doughboy sculpted by Stephen Spears and dedicated on . The doughboy is mounted on a black stone pedestal and commemorates the first battle American forces fought and won in Europe during World War I.
The regiments crest bears a lion derived from the coat of arms of Picardie.
Dedicated on July 8, 2007 by the 28th Infantry Regiment Association, the Mc Cormick Tribune Foundation, the Cantigny First Division Foundation, and the Village of Cantigny. Site ID=27&Mem ID=75 *********** My high school, Germantown Academy, was all-male, with graduating classes around 50.
In the sit-down with young Jim Fraser, they told him that they thought he had good potential as a football player and they asked him to join them. ) and suggested that his time at GA wouldn’t be near as enjoyable as a soccer player as it would be if he joined their merry band. He turned out to be a very good linebacker, good enough to get a scholarship to Wisconsin, and he went on to play six seasons in the AFL with the Broncos, Chiefs and Patriots, as both a linebacker and a punter.
Almost 900 members of the regiment were killed or wounded during the four-day battle.
The regiment earned the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the designation "The Lions of Cantigny".
Years later, he explained to me why he had the change of heart: he'd had a sit-down with the Lassen brothers.
The Lassen brothers, Dick and Bob, were twins, maybe 5-8, 155 pounds, but they were all whalebone and whipcord, as people once said.
They were good athletes, and they were very tough competitors.