Each year, the fellowship of Shorty’s Boys starts in July/August and ends in December/ January. After several meetings, it was determined that a guest speaker would add to our fellowship. The first speaker selected was Coach Jere Adccock, head coach of the Decatur Red Raiders. Since that day, he has become our annual kick-off speaker. Therefore, this website would be incomplete without recognizing him as our adopted Head Coach.
Coach Adcock spoke to our fellowship for the first time on July 6, 2006. Present at the breakfast meeting were 34 former Decatur Red Raider players from 1933-1947. Brooke Milan, outstanding high school sports writer for the Decatur Daily, covered the meeting and wrote an article (appeared in July 7, 2006 edition) concerning the fellowship. The following material is taken from that article.
SHORTY’S BOYS: FOOTBALL, BENSON FIELD TOPICS WHEN FORMER RED RAIDERS MEET.
They call themselves Shorty’s Boys. Decades after playing for the Decatur High School Red Raiders under Coach H.L. “Shorty” Ogle, they gather each month for breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Decatur. Less than a mile away is the home field that they all played on from 1933-1947, Benson Field on the Banks of the Tennessee River, now marked by a memorial plaque.
Times have changed.
They are grandfathers and great-grandfathers now; the oldest former player present was Clyde Smith who played in 1938-1941. But no matter how many years have gone by, they are still teammates. The group began a year ago and invited Decatur High School coach, Jere Adcock, as the first guest speaker to their 12th meeting Thursday morning.
“You guys represent one of the toughest generations that ever lived – one of the greatest,” Adcock said to the group of 34 that had gathered. Adcock held the absolute attention of the group for 30 minutes as he discussed the similarities and changes of the sport from what they remember. The most important things their speaker wanted them to know: “The history of this program – it’s not forgotten,” Adcock said, “It’s talked about daily.” “Thank you for the legacy,” he said, “Tradition never graduates.”