He would be considered the Gene Upshaw or John Hannah of Semi Pro Football at the Guard position(Two of the greatest NFL guards in history). That person would be Tom "Big Tom" Harrison of the River City Rough Riders football team.
This will be his 11th year for the Rough Riders and he's still dominating that left side of the line. Harrison was there when they first started in Winona, MN as the Mississippi Rivermen as a Defensive Tackle as well as on the offensive side of the ball. After tearing his MCL, he chose to stay on one side of the ball (The Offense) where he consistently held his.
You would think after all the years of banging heads with the likes of the St. Paul Pioneers, Chippewa Preds and many other teams, it would be about that time for Harrison to call it quits. That's not the case though. He likes the challenge of the younger players either fresh out of high scholl or college that try to take what he has. "Big Tom" would tell them that "they are playing with grown men now", please watch and learn. When it was all said and done, he has taught yet another lesson. The same lesson for over 10+ years now.
Harrison has had many great momments as a player but if there is one he had to recall as one of his finest moments that would playing at the Uni Dome in Iowa. He's a big man and playing indoors suits him just fine. He didn't have to worry about the 90* heat.
He loves the fact that he has a job to do and that is protect his quarterback. Although he would be the first to tell you that there's no bigger thrill for him then to catch a linebacker that thinks they have a clear path to a the ball carrier only to find out that Harrison is pulling to smack them right in the mouth from a trap block.
"Every game is a fight" said Harrison. The team is nothing on the field without the other 10 guys and Harrison says, "You don't have to get along but there is one common goal and that is to win games". He has been the definition of a team player on and off the field.
Tom has never been one to fire up his team. He like to beat you quietly. If he could chose a person that fired him up, and also made him laugh, but probably scared others . Would be the locker room speeches from Marvin Hooker. 9 times out of 10 Hooker's speeches were not "Kid Appropiate" and you were left wondering what the heck just happened. But somehow he definitely seemed to get his point across.
Harrison has been an league All Star 9 out of 10 years. The one year he missed was because his name was mistakenly not submitted and believe me he has ALWAYS reminds me about it.
In closing, I personnaly would like to say thankyou to Tom for what he's done for this organization. He has been a person that you can always count on. If asked by every team that he's gone against, they would say that they definitely know who "BIG TOM" is.