My News and Observer story on Reid Herring
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My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

Quarterback has worked for this chance since Pop Warner days

Photo: Reid Herring

By Tom Shanahan

GREENVILLE -- All little kids playing football in a backyard or a youth league dream they can grow up to be a college quarterback. But for Reid Herring it has been more than fantasy since he was 9 years old.

“My Pop Warner coach told me I had potential with my arm talent,” said Herring, referring to Trevor Thomas. “I’ve always tried to do things the right way." ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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