I had the chance to take in the Bob Ufer Quarterback Club dinner last night at Barton Hills. The highlight of the evening was the speech by 1964 captain Jim Conley, who gave a passionate speech in receiving the 2011 Bennie Oosterbaan Award for service, dedication and leadership.
Ever the captain, Conley thanked his teammates for the award and added, “it’s on behalf of them that I accept it.” He also thanked the the Ufer Club for honoring him while he’s still alive noting, “Red Simmons got this award at 99. I don’t think I’ll see 99 [laughs].”
He was about to step down from the podium, but grabbed the mic back from MC Jim Brandstatter, held up the plaque and added this:
Conley: “I just want to say one more thing…I will not trade this for a tattoo”