Back in the 1970's a basketball player named Lloyd Bernard Free, made a great name for himself as a basketball player at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, New York, and then at Guilford College. He led Guilford to the 1972 NAIA National Championship and was MVP of that tournament. He did this as a freshman!

He was among the first NAIA players to engender prominence and the eye of NBA scouts. He entered the NBA first with the Philadelphia 76'ers. But, his most significant NBA achievements were with the San Diego Clippers, where in 1979-80, he was an All-Star selection. He longest tenure was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom he played for from 1982-86. It was in 1981 that he legally changed his name to the nickname he got first in high school. As much as a dare but also as a social statement, he became best known as World B. Free. And in the era he played, it was a magnificent sentiment.

The Clemson Tigers are taking a page from that example. Many of their players have decided to put messages of hope and inspiration on the backs of their jerseys, with names like, "Justice," "Peace," and "Love." No one can object to that.

Add a few more for "Freedom," and "Liberty," and that would provide an outstanding method for any football team to send necessary messages of hope.

There's a right way and a counter-productive way to send messages. Let's hope NC State discovers the right way!

Ken