The Bookshelf Conversation: Ellis Valentine

February 2, 2015’t Facebook wonderful? It gives one the chance to find so many interesting people. One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the number of current and former athletes who are social networking and how “just plain folks” they are.

Case in point, Ellis Valentine. Just like the rest of us, he posts family events, spiritual sentiments, jokes, and amusing videos. But something he put up recently got me to thinking about how some players feeling about memorabilia.

I am not a huge collector. I am of the George Carlin/Stephen Wright philosophy — You can’t have everything; where would you put it? But for a portion of the population, they serve as reminders of special events and milestones in their lives. Athletes, too. So when I saw this video Valentine posted, I wanted to find out more about the “things we keep.”

The story says a lot, but I wanted to go a bit deeper. Here’s the result:

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