So at the Kickoff Luncheon last week, running back Tim Hightower was meeting with the media at one point. I was taking pictures, so I wasn’t there at the beginning. And when I did wander over to see what Hightower might be saying, he was going on and on about the big soda cups for each person that had his likeness on them, and how much he liked the cups. To be honest, I was thinking Hightower was just deadpanning a reaction because someone asked him about it.
Then I went to talk to him yesterday for a story, and lo and behold, sitting in the back of his locker were three huge stacks of the Hightower cups, some 50 or 60 of them. And Hightower, usually a low-key sort, broke into a big smile when talking about it.
“Hey, I’ve got a collectable cup,” Hightower said. “It’s not every day in your career, in your life, that you get a cup with your name on it.”
(To which fellow running back Jason Wright, who understands he will probably never get his own cup, chimed in, “Tell me about it.”)
“That’s an important cup,” Hightower continued. “I used to have a Michael Jordan cup, when I was a kid, that was big stuff. I collected all that sports stuff. I had cards, I had cups. I’m going to enjoy my cup.”
Turns out Hightower’s mother called the Cards to ask if they could have the extras after the Washington game (a single player is featured on both the season ticket stubs and a collectable cup for each of the 10 home games). Hightower thought they’d be sent to his mom, but they were dropped off in his locker.
“I got my own cup man,” Hightower repeated, “and I am going to embrace it.”
— This has nothing to do with cups (although Adrian Wilson will be on the ticket/cup for the home opener against Oakland) but the long awaited video piece on A-Dub and his trip back to North Carolina this offseason is coming. Part one will air on Maximum Cardinals this weekend. Max Cards will be on NBC/Ch. 12 Saturday following the Michigan-Notre Dame football game (somewhere in the range of 3:30 or 4 p.m.) and then again Sunday morning on Fox Sports Arizona at 8 a.m. Part two will air the following weekend (when the Cards face Atlanta) in Maximum Cardinals. The piece will also air during the Ken Whisenhunt show, which is on Ch. 12/NBC at mindnight Saturday following Saturday Night Live.
If you get a chance, check it out.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Jason Wright, Tim Hightower
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