NATCHITOCHES — This is a place of passion for Ed Orgeron. He played college football here at Northwestern State, in this small city in north Louisiana. This is where his partying ways grew to "legend" status, as one coach put it. It's where he learned to play a defensive line position so aptly named "Blood end," where he harassed quarterbacks with a motor that coaches said never stopped. He broke his forearm while playing for this place, and then he coped with the injury that night by slurping his momma's gumbo and downing a half-dozen beers. He developed into a permanent team captain here and rolled up 121 tackles in his final two seasons. He tore up dorm rooms on this campus and showed up for meetings in dirty, torn T-shirts and no shoes. He coached his very first players here, transitioning from defensive lineman to student assistant, capturing the hearts of his teammates-turned-subordinates — on and off the field. He partied with them after practices. There is heartache here, too. He never landed a full-time coaching job at this place, twice denied the opportunity because of his reputation — and arrest — in this town as a street-fighting, bar-brawling keg tapper…. Read full this story
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