As a lasting Memorial for "My little brother Randy", I dedicate this site.

Valjean J. Adams
Sister of a Fallen Hero

Wilson-Short Hall
Washington State University

Randy was the skinniest little kid you ever wanted to see.  So when he declared at 10 years old that he was going to play  football, we couldn't even begin to visualize how in the world he was going to  pull that off.  But Randy didn't care.  He was focused (he was always focused) and he was determined.  Armed with his football magazines, his food scale for measuring out exact portions of his "special diet" and his leg and arm weights, he started every day with a run around our block.  He continued with a very precise exercise routine once he finished his run, ate a perfectly balanced and weighed breakfast and off to school he went.   Well, needless to say, it all paid off and the skinny, no muscle kid disappeared forever. 

Randy attended Washington State University where he studied criminology and socially.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Socially.  He played cornerback for the Mighty Cougars on the school's football team.  His old teammates came to his funeral to honor him and to share with us what a great and loyal friend he was. 

According to his teammate, Basil Kimbrew, "He was fast...he could run but he couldn't catch the ball."  We all laughed; it was good to laugh. Mike Levenseller, Cougars' assistant coach and former teammate of Randy's at WSU said, " Pound for pound, he was the strongest guy I ever played with.  When he showed up, he looked like Atlas.  He was just a helluva guy, a really nice human being.  He was one of those guys that, if you didn't like him, there was something wrong with you."

He was well sculptured, with the look of having been chiseled out of stone.  Whenever his niece, my daughter, Tiffany was around,  he'd include her in his workout of running the hills by carrying her on his shoulders while he ran.  And decades later, his physique was still impressive, to say the least. 

Randy started at cornerback as a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior in 1978, finishing the season with 39 tackles and an interception.  He was drafted by she San Francisco 49ers but declined the offer taking his chances that he'd make the Cowboys.  The Dallas Cowboys took him as a walk-on; he was one of the last players released during Dallas Cowboys training camp the following year.   

Whenever the Cougars played in Los Angeles, Randy was there, cheering them on.  Dr. Kimbrew said they're going to put RS on all of the Cougars helmets as a tribute to Randy.  He'd be so honored. 

Randy accompanied by his nieces Tiffany and Tanya Adams during his workout.

Contact: Valjean Adams
955 Highway 61 East, Suite 123
Winona, MN 55987

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