June 27: "You
are going to be one of the best players ever to play this game."
pursuit of Washburn during the months that followed is an epic of dogged
determination—one that might win praise from an insurance salesman but not, as
we shall see, from a third grade English teacher.
"Enclosed is an article about our up coming team. We hope you will come and
see us play this up coming year."
"Follow the Pack! We get great exposuer on T.V."
Nov. 19 (to Mrs.
Washburn): "The A.P. Poll has picked the Wolf Pack number 16th in the
country in there Pre Season Poll."
Jan. 4, 1983 (to
Mrs. Washburn): "I hope you had an enjoyable hoilday. I know you enjoyed
seeing Chris for the hoildays."
N.C. State won
the NCAA championship on April 4, 1983, but for Abatemarco there was little
time to celebrate. National signing day was only seven months away.
May 5 (referring
to President Reagan's reception for Wolfpack players): "Our seniors finally
went to the Whitehouse."
May 20 (to Mrs.
Washburn): "Here at N.C. State [Chris] will have five years if needed to
get his degree. Our three seniors...are on there way to obtaining there
degrees. It takes athletes five years to obtain degrees."
June 2 (to Mrs.
Washburn): "Our winning the national championship has effected the entire