Gone Pro: North Carolina: Tar Heel Stars Who Became Pros

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Gone Pro: North Carolina by Tim Jackson provides a comprehensive look at the University of North Carolina athletes who made it to the top of their professions including all the big names from recent generations featuring sports superstars such as Vince Carter, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, B. J. Surhoff, and Lawrence Taylor. It also looks at some who were never as well known, such as Charlie Choo Choo” Justice, and some who were widely recognized a generation ago but whose stars have faded over the years. Exploring athletes’ places in Carolina history, Gone Pro also examines their professional careers and how they fared at the highest levels of their sports. This rich history will make North Carolina residents and UNC alumni beam with pride at the amazing number of professionals who hail from the state’s flagship school.

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Gone Pro North Carolina allows you to relive the memories of Tar Heels whose feats and championship seasons keep them forever in our hearts and minds. See why UNC has been called Tailback U., with such great running backs as Don McCauley, Amos Lawrence, Kelvin Bryant, Natrone Means, Giovani Bernard, and more.

Find out where the name Tar Heels comes from!

WHAT IS A TAR HEEL?

Now that we know a bit about the origins of the school and its mission, here comes the obvious question: What is a Tar Heel? The nickname of the school and its athletic teams also applies to North Carolina citizens. Unfortunately no one really knows its origins. The following are listed as the two possibilities.

1. During the Revolutionary War, after fording a river in eastern North Carolina, British troops discovered that their feet were covered with tar, a product of the state’s many pine trees. Legend suggests that the North Carolinians dumped it in the river to slow down the invading army. The British observation was that if you waded in North Carolina rivers, you’d get tar on your heels.

2. The second story is also rooted in a time of conflict, the Civil War. North Carolina soldiers supposedly rebuked their comrades for fleeing the battlefield when the going got tough. North Carolina soldiers proposed to stick tar on the heels of retreating soldiers to keep them in the battle. General Robert E. Lee is said to have commented, God bless the Tar Heel boys!”

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Tim W. Jackson’s career in publishing started at a young age. At 17 he began writing sports for his hometown newspaper, The Franklin County Times, in Alabama. He went on to the University of Alabama where he began writing for student publications, quickly becoming Assistant Sports Editor for the school paper. While maintaining a love of sports, Tim’s career took a different direction. He began writing about the arts, antiques, culture, entertainment, and the outdoors. He has worked as a full-time employee for Southern Living, Cooking Light, and Canoe & Kayak magazines as well as at Radford University. Now based in Asheville, he has done extensive freelance writing and editing, most recently acting as Editor of the online publication The Asheville Post. He lives in Asheville, NC.

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