Saturday, November 8, 2008

Our little family!

A couple weeks ago we went in for our 2008 Family photos. Here are the results. We went in on Halloween night, thats why we have a little bumble bee in the pictures ;)











Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm soo Proud of my little brother!!!

My dad just emailed me this article and I felt the need to show it off!!! We love you #50!!!

Publication:Odessa American;
Date:Nov 7, 2008;
Section:Sports;
Page Number:1D
H I G H SC H O O L FO OT BA L L : W E E K 1 0
Permian’s Mr. Versatility
McClane’s determination serves him well for Panthers, bodes well for his future
BY JOEL A. ERICKSON jerickson@oaoa.com The little boy wanted to carry the football. Like most little boys, he had his share of heroes. Emmitt Smith, Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson all had two things in common. They were Texas icons. And they all played running back. Like most little boys, he wanted to emulate his heroes. But his first tackle football team had a weight requirement. Running backs had to weigh less than 120 pounds. The little boy tipped the scales at 132. He went to his dad, who told his son he could help him lose weight. At 11 years old, though, the little boy had to be committed. So he gave up pizza. Started running sprints and tearing up and down hills. Wore a sweat suit to help shed the pounds. By the time he stepped onto the scales for his first football season, Samson McClane only weighed 116 pounds. He got to carry the ball. McClane no longer carries the ball. At 6-feet, 248 pounds, Mc-Clane is much better suited to bury running backs at the line of scrimmage. “He’s one of the most consistent players we have,” Permian head coach Darren Allman said. “He’s very strong, and I think over the course of the year his speed has increased.” McClane’s blend of strength and quickness has allowed the Panthers defense to switch formations freely this season. When the Panthers’ defensive coaching staff plays a 3-4 alignment, McClane becomes the nose guard. Playing nose guard in the 3-4 requires an athlete to plug holes and take on blockers rather than make plays. But Permian has been equally comfortable playing in a 4-3 alignment this season. For that responsibility, Mc-Clane is no longer a plugger, but a playmaker who can push the pocket and make tackles along the line of scrimmage. Sometimes he has to be a bear. Sometimes he has to be a bull. “We really use him in both situations,” Allman said. “He’s built like we like to have them. He’s not real tall in stature, but he’s one of the strongest people on our football team.” Permian’s powerlifting team has also been happy to have McClane, a two-time regional qualifier in the sport. McClane benches 360 pounds. He can squat 600. If a Permian coach ever needs a tree moved without the use of any machinery, Mc-Clane has to be the first player called. And that strength certainly doesn’t hurt when he has to move 250-pound offensive linemen out of the way. “It’s a physical position,” McClane said. “It brings out the aggressive side in me, because I’m really not that aggressive outside of football.” McClane may not be aggressive, but he has always been determined. Even in the classroom. “During my sophomore year I was the valedictorian of my class,” McClane said. “I’m No. 4 right now, but I’m trying to work hard enough to get back up there.” Letters from colleges have been pouring into the Mc-Clane household lately. A new set of offers from major universities seems to show up every time the family opens the mailbox. Only a few are looking at McClane as a football player. Most are more interested in his status as a National Hispanic Scholar, an honor that helps link gifted Hispanic students with interested universities. And several of those universities are offering full academic scholarships. “It has opened a lot of doors,” said Tommie Mc-Clane, Samson’s mother. “Nothing is in stone right now, we’re trying to sort through all of the offers.” McClane wants to major in business finance, but he also wants to keep playing football. TCU might allow him to do both in college. McClane has already visited the Horned Frogs’ campus in Fort Worth to check out the school and watch the football game. “My dream has always been to play in the NFL, but if that doesn’t work out, hopefully I can pursue a career in business,” McClane said. Two things drive Mc-Clane’s quest for success. McClane’s faith is strong — like everything else about the Permian senior — and he feels responsible to make the most of the blessings he’s been given. “God has blessed me with all of these abilities, and I don’t want to let them go to waste,” McClane said. “I can show people what he’s done through me.” And he already has an example to follow. McClane has three older siblings — two brothers and a sister — but his second-oldest brother, Paul, always found time for his little brother, even though 12 years separate the two. Paul is an Air Force fighter pilot stationed in Panama City, Fla. “Paul is such a highachiever,” Tommie said. “He had to go to the Air Force Academy when Samson was little, but they’ve always been close.” McClane tries to stay in touch with his older brother as often as he can, but the flight schedule of a pilot doesn’t make it easy. When Paul comes home for the holidays, though, the two brothers always find time to get in a few rough-and-tumble wrestling matches. Paul is only 5-foot-8, but that doesn’t mean his younger brother has the advantage. “He still handles me pretty good,” McClane said. “He’s pretty feisty. He used to pick on me all the time, but we’ve always been close.” Paul wants to become an astronaut. From his older brother, Samson McClane learned to set his sights just as high. “He doesn’t really struggle at anything, but he’s very driven,” Tommie said. “He always gets things done.” And he’s learned to love making tackles as much as he used to like breaking them. “When he was in junior high, he played a lot of fullback,” said Brien McClane, Samson’s father. “Now other people tell me that if the linebackers are making a lot of tackles, he’s doing his job. He knows what he needs to do.” The little boy has grown into a confident young man. But Samson McClane still hasn’t learned to take no for an answer.

SAMSON McCLANE PERMIAN SENIOR (KEVIN BUEHLER ODESSA AMERICAN) Permian senior defensive lineman Samson McClane (left) takes down Amarillo High running back Thomas Fraser earlier this season.
The versatile McClane has allowed the Panthers to be flexible defensively, and the senior has plenty of options in his future.