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Family secrets

Lives of Wistrom brothers chronicled in momís book

Posted: Friday February 01, 2002 12:56 PM

Flags and Flattery
Direct Snaps
Dumbest Thing ...
The Bottom Line
By B. Duane Cross,

The coaches and players in Super Bowl XXXVI aren't the only ones cashing in on their time in the spotlight. Grant Wistrom's mother is getting in on her 15 minutes of fame, too.

Kathy Wistrom, an English teacher in Webb City, Mo., has written a book: Mrs. Wistrom's ABCs: What I Learned Raising Three All-Americans. The book, which sells for $16.95, chronicles the lives of her sons. It is filled with heart-tugging stories of their successes and failures: Kathy Wistrom initially was disappointed Grant wasn't a girl; there was Chance's battle to lose 20 pounds as a fifth-grader so he could continue to play football after they moved to Florida, where there's a weight requirement instead of age; and Tracey's frustration of growing up in his brothers' shadow.

All three sons played college football: middle son Grant and youngest son Tracey at Nebraska; eldest son Chance at Central Missouri State.

The Rams made the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Grant the No. 6 overall pick in the 1998 draft. Tracey, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, is in Florida preparing for the NFL draft. Chance is athletic director and assistant principal at Seneca High School in southwest Missouri.

"I think a lot of people look at Grant and hopefully Tracey, if he goes pro, and they think they're different from their own boys," says Mrs. Wistrom. "But they're not. We've had the same problems as most parents."

Last call
Superdome spokesman Bill Curl said vendors will stop selling beer at the start of the fourth quarter Sunday, a policy adopted by the Saints after an outburst of rowdy behavior during the Dec. 17 game against St. Louis.
Valet service
The NFL has spent more than $250,000 for 18 parking lots around the Superdome as part of a plan to control traffic, to ensure a resting spot for buses and limousines and to monitor souvenir hawkers on Super Sunday.
Times have changed
At Super Bowl IV, the NFL paid $45,000 rent for Tulane Stadium. (The Superdome opened in 1975.) The league also paid for the team's hotel rooms, the team's transportation and the commissioner's big party.
City coffers
The economic impact of the Super Bowl in host cities during the past five years has ranged from $295 million to $396 million, according to studies prepared by universities and those cities.
Flag -- Too much N'Awlins?
The NFL predicts N.O. will play host to the Super Bowl two, three times during the next 12-15 years. The league has picked cities through '06, and wants to play the '07 game in N.Y. or Washington to aid recovery from the terror attacks.
Flattery -- Helping hands
Nearly 8,000 volunteers were recruited by the Super Bowl host committee. Volunteers are 18 or older, provide their own transportation and work at least eight hours per day. And they don't get game tickets.
Flag -- Marshall speaks
Marshall Faulk addressed the issue Tuesday when he said he didn't want to talk about his upbringing in the projects of N.O. Nonsense, says The Boston Globe, which ran a page D2 feature on the "relentless investigation into his difficult past."
Flattery -- Veteran's Day
The Purple Heart of former Steelers RB Rocky Bleier, a Vietnam veteran, is in New Orleans, part of an exhibit called "Football and America," scheduled to open Saturday at the National D-Day Museum, where it will stay until Feb. 15.
The NFLPA is looking into the rules that say WR Terry Glenn is ineligible for the Pats' unprotected list for the Feb. 18 expansion draft because he was not on the opening-day roster. He was suspended for drug policy violation.
During the past eight years, 26 of the NFL's 32 franchises have started building or moved into new stadiums, or launched major renovations. Five of the remaining six franchises are pushing for new stadiums.
New England rushed for an average of 112.1 yards a game during the season, 13th in the league. Free-agent pickup Antowain Smith had four 100-yard-plus performances, and the Patriots were 4-0 in those games.
The calliope music stops for the Super Bowl participants Friday as they hunker down to prepare for the game. The sanctioned media access to the Rams and Patriots comes to an end after four frenzied days of activity.
"As far as movie deals, I don't know. I'll consider anything. But I'm not saying one way or another whether I'll be on the big screen or not."
-- Rams QB Kurt Warner
(Two words: Brett Favre (Something About Mary))
The Patriots' four starting defensive backs -- cornerbacks Ty Law and Otis Smith and safties Lawyer Milloy and Tebucky Jones (plus nickel back Terrell Buckley) -- have 414 regular-season NFL starts between them. In St. Louis' regular-season game against New England, the Patriots employed five, six and even seven defensive backs repeatedly early in the game even if the Rams had only two wide receivers on the play. "Every time we play a team the second time, they play us different," says Rams wide receivers coach Henry Ellard. "We just have to wait and see what they do, and then make the adjustments."

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