Posted at: 11/14/2012 11:07 PM
By: Dan Williamson
Duluth, Minn - The grass at Lincoln Park is where they stretch and shuffle, scheme and dream. The Northshore Grizzlies are a work in progress, but it is work they all embrace.
"We are here to try to teach them to be the best person they can and try and get them in shape and try to give them the expectations to try and play football and what is to come of it and try to give them hope," says owner and player Rantay Howell.
The Grizzlies grew out of the desire to help a community and help it by competing.
"Once upon a time, I played with the Duluth-Superior Shoremen and I had the privilege of playing with some real excellent coaches. When the team split up and went across the bridge, we didn't have a team and something had to be done," says Howell.
For Rantay Howell, he's not just the owner. He's also a player. Myron Rhodes is the head coach and plans to put on the pads too.
"Just because I am coaching, that doesn't mean the authority that I have is to tell you what you can and can't do. The only thing i want them to do is to represent this team and represent it well," says Rhodes.
While the Grizzlies can give another shot at gridiron glory for some, for quarterback Justin Boyer, it is his first shot.
"This is actually going to be my first time playing on an actual team because I was home schooled and I really didn't get a chance to play in high school because they didn't allow it then, so this is a real good opportunity to come out here and play on a team and meet new people," says Boyer.
Games won't happen until Spring, but you'll find the Grizzlies out throughout the winter practicing, preparing and pulling together.
"We are coming out there to show you that we are able to compete with any other team that is out there as well," says Rhodes.
The Grizzlies plan to compete independently for their first season, with hopes of joining the Northern Elite Football League in the future.