University of the Cumberlands Patriots offensive lineman Madison McCalmon has become a living legend for his prowess on the gridiron, the classroom and in the community. Given the folk tales and outright myths that have sprung up around this young man I decided the time was ripe to start sorting out the truth from the legend.
To that end I contacted McCalmon and immediately asked the question I know America wanted an answer to from this Cumberlands Patriots football star:
“Which one of your teammates is married to Gisele Bundchen?”
We got accidentally disconnected at that point (You know cell phones!) and even though McCalmon was not available the next 113 times I called I’m sure he and I will be getting together soon to finish the work begun in this article. So let’s start separating fact from fiction in the life of Madison McCalmon.
THE LEGEND: Madison Avenue in New York is named after Madison McCalmon.
THE TRUTH: That is not true. The Madison Avenues in Seattle and Chicago are named after McCalmon, but NOT the advertising district in New York.
THE LEGEND: The University of the Cumberlands recently returned the Heisman Trophy Madison McCalmon won because he had “too good a reputation”.
THE TRUTH: In reality Madison McCalmon has recently been nominated for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. In order to meet the criteria set forth by All-State and AFCA each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.
THE LEGEND: McCalmon is engaged to the heiress of the Calvin Klein fortune.
THE TRUTH: This bizarre rumor began circulating after it became known that Calvin Bini of Campbellsville University was the only other player from a Mid-South Conference team on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. “Can someone get their facts straight?” as Frank Reynolds was once rumored to have said.
THE LEGEND: Madison McCalmon is the famous anchorman who would close his news broadcasts with the words “And that’s the way it is.”
THE TRUTH: This is clearly a misunderstanding. McCalmon is anchoring the offensive line for a Patriots team that hopes to win its 4th straight Mid-South Conference Divisional Title. Over the past 3 years the University of the Cumberlands has not been lower than 4th in rushing offense per game.
THE LEGEND: In addition to having 978 knockdowns as a lineman, McCalmon has kept the Ark of the Covenant out of the hands of the Nazis and has saved the world from Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE on several occasions.
THE TRUTH: The actual number is 119 knockdowns.
THE LEGEND: Madison McCalmon made the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Americans.
THE TRUTH: This odd story started popping up on the internet after McCalmon made the President’s List and the Dean’s List at U of the C. He carries a 3.97 grade point average into this year and has been inducted into the University’s J.T. Vallandingham Honors Society. (So ignore those rumors that he was inducted into the Freemasons instead.) To be inducted into this society a student must have 96 semester hours , a 3.5 GPA or better each semester and a 3.7 GPA overall.
THE LEGEND: McCalmon can next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie in the movie Salt.
THE TRUTH: In reality McCalmon can next be seen with his Patriots teammates as they take on the McKendree University Bearcats on August 28th.
THE LEGEND: Madison McCalmon is much funnier than Adam Sandler.
THE TRUTH: Well, let’s face it. There’s SOME element of truth behind many legends.
To buy the soundtrack from McCalmon’s musical biography Madison! click here: http://www.ucumberlands.edu/athletics/
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