Tom Sorensen

Manager says Ric Flair anxious to get out of the hospital

Ric Flair want to get out of the hospital and be Ric Flair again, Tom Sorensen says.
Ric Flair want to get out of the hospital and be Ric Flair again, Tom Sorensen says.

I talked Tuesday to Melinda Morris Zanoni, Ric Flair's manager at Legacy Talent. She says Flair, 68, really wants to get out of the hospital and be Ric Flair again, but is unlikely to get out soon.

She said he is progressing and resting.

I know Flair well, and it's tough to imagine him laid up. Even if he's covered up I can see him working on his figure-four leglock.

Despite Clemson ranking fifth in the preseason AP poll and fifth in the coaches’ poll, we’re more likely to hear about what the Tigers lost than what they return.

Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence returns. He's only a sophomore, but as a true freshman last season he played as if he was propelled. He is 6-4 and 300 pounds, and you do not want him tackling you. But if you play against Clemson, and are a running back or a quarterback, you have no choice. Lawrence had seven sacks last season, breaking the school record for sacks by a freshman. And this is the school for which William Perry and Michael Dean Perry played. If college football had the same rules college basketball does, Lawrence would have been a top pick in the 2017 draft.

Wide receiver Deon Cane, a junior, also returns. In two seasons, he has caught 72 passes for 1,306 yards. Cane is 6-1 and 190 pounds, and he runs routes as if somebody drew them with a ruler. He’s fast enough, and will go deep no matter who is on him. He averages 18.1 yards per catch….

The New York Jets will name their starting quarterback Monday, and it’s likely to be Josh McCown.

McCown played for the Panthers in 2008 and ’09, backing up Jake Delhomme. In ’09, Delhomme had a terrible opening game against Philadelphia. McCown replaced him, was hurt, moved to injured reserve and was a Panther no more. Before the Panthers he played for Arizona, Detroit and Oakland. After Carolina he played for the U.S. Football League’s Hartford Colonials before returning to the NFL and playing for San Francisco, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and now the Jets.

McCown also coached for two years at Waxhaw’s Marvin Ridge High. And he worked with Mark Brown, the quarterback for the Charlotte Cobras, a championship team made of police officers, firefighters, EMTs and federal agents. Brown and McCown met at the gym, and McCown was a willing and selfless adviser.

McCown is 38, and one of these years he will run out of teams, or at least will run out of teams for which he has yet to play. But there’s no rush. Enjoy New York, Josh.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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