Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Columbia Missourian Story on Spoon

Weatherspoon brings personality to Missouri football

October 16, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has always stood out in a crowd. "He met no strangers," his mother Elwanda Weatherspoon said.

COLUMBIA — Sean Weatherspoon is often at the mercy of Sean Weatherspoon.

And as the cluster of men and women descend on him, recorders and notebooks in hand, it’s easy to see why.

He answers each question as comfortably as the next, never stumbling over his words, at home in the midst of another welcomed opportunity to be the one carrying a conversation, occasionally flashing the wide smile that his high school coach says makes everything right. A mohawk is subtly carved into his already short hair. A grey wool coat struggles to contain his hulking shoulders.

He is a 6-foot-2, 250-pound heap of personality and, when the camera is rolling, that personality takes over. Everything else is just along for the ride.