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Jeff
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When he first came to Biloxi from South Lafourche, cause he was going to be too old to play in LA and you could still play in MS if you were 19, my older brother, who was Art's age, and I went over to Art's girlfriend's house to go swimming in her indoor pool. A few other guys were there too, and she had the meanest German Shepherd I ever saw. It got loose and chased the only guys not in the pool onto the diving board. Art jumped out of the pool and chased the dog onto the diving board, where he slapped the crap out of it and pulled it by the back of it's neck back into the yard. That dog gave everyone shite except Art.


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TigerStuckinOkieland
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I was fortuate enough to watch him as a freshamn in '71. My recollection was that he could out-bench press everyone on the team, including Mike Anderson and all of the other big linemen and linebackers of the late 60's and early 70's....

in college, he probably went at around 5'9 and 190 lbs., but nobody screwed with him....nobody.

He was a quick, tough runner who was hard to bring down, and who'd rather hit you head-on than dodge you....imagine Hester X 2 with a "killer mindset".....then, you might get close to what the guy was like on the field.


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LSURussian
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Hester X 2 with a "killer mindset".....
Good analogy.


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rtgr
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One of my partners had 2 of his oldest at LSU in the early 70s. They told him that Cantrelle lost a quarter in the coke machine in the old Tigertown Pharmacy. It was on the corner of Highland and Chimes St. where The Chimes is now. He picked up the machine and tossed it through the window when they told him they would not give him his quarter back. He was mental, no doubt. I have heard that it came from witnessing his fathers suicide when he was young. I hope that is not a true story. Something like that should not happen to anyone.


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LSU Fan Tylertown
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He has some distant family relationship to my dad's family. If I remember the story right I think his dad passed away in a bar fight(stabbing)in Tee Bois. He did play at South Lafourche until he was told old and then went to Biloxi High as the other poster stated. I think he played on the South team that played Broadmoor in Tiger staduim and lost for the state championship possibly in 66-67 year


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wallowinit
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Louisiana
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in college, he probably went at around 5'9 and 190 lbs


I always thought he was in the 6'2" range but I don't know. I guess he always seemed larger because he ran pretty damn hard.


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lsupike
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the place
Member since Aug 2004
550 posts

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He is my distant uncle. He plays golf every now and again w/ my grandpa in Miss. I've heard a lot of stories about him. One is that he bit some dude's finger off in the LSU/Ole Piss game. Also, Bert Jones once said he was the badest motor scooter (Jones does like to cuss) he has ever met college or pro.


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hacanms
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Lincoln County, MS
Member since Feb 2007
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Watched that guy when LSU destroyed Ole Miss 61-17 in Archie's senior year. Everytime he got tackled he would slam the ball down, jump up and down. I was a kid but remember the announcers talking about how tough he was. Plus, my aunt dated one of the db's, can't remember his name. He had an interception against Neb. in the 17-12 loss in the Orange Bowl. Name was John something. First time I met him I asked him about Cantrell and Hamilton, he just whistled and shook his head about Cantrell.


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lamin8r
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Member since Mar 2008
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Oh yeah Art's my sister-in-law's aunt's second cousin, twice removed. We hung out at the mall last weekend and he got a photo taken at one of those little booths. But he didn't like the picture that well so he gave it to me, then he hurled the picture booth like 50 yards.

Here's the picture:






















Image: http://www.airamerica.com/stateofbelief/files/stateofbelief/images/chuck-norris-002.jpg


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oilfieldtiger
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Pittsburgh, PA
Member since Dec 2003
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the two arthur stories i heard a lot growing up down the bayou:

one day arthur and his brother are playing in the yard and start fighting. they're around 10 years old. their grandpa sees them fighting and yells at them to stop. he goes inside and is washing his hands at the kitchen sink when he looks out the window and see the brother sitting on a stump in the backyard w/ arthur sneaking up behind him with an axe over his head like a cartoon character and ready to swing.

fast forward to arthur at LSU. he goes to an LSU wrestling match (back when there was a team) and proceeds to call 'em queers and sissies, etc all night. they catch up with him later at a bar where he's drinking alone. he says he'll go outside with them to settle it after he finishes his beer. so he orders another one - and this is the old cans you punched a hole in like an oil can. arthur proceeds to chew his way through the can and slurp it down. his lips and gums are sliced to ribbons. he turns around and there's not a swingin' dick left from the wrestlers.


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Jeff
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Biloxi, MS
Member since Jan 2004
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Oh yeah Art's my sister-in-law's aunt's second cousin, twice removed. We hung out at the mall last weekend and he got a photo taken at one of those little booths. But he didn't like the picture that well so he gave it to me, then he hurled the picture booth like 50 yards.







Has anybody ever actually gotten killed for a first post when he thought he was just being a smart-ass?
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LSURussian
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Has anybody ever actually gotten killed for a first post when he thought he was just being a smart-ass?
I don't think so, but the night's still young...


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Rocket
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Member since Mar 2004
60983 posts

re: art cantrell
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Oh yeah Art's my sister-in-law's aunt's second cousin, twice removed. We hung out at the mall last weekend and he got a photo taken at one of those little booths. But he didn't like the picture that well so he gave it to me, then he hurled the picture booth like 50 yards.


What lsupike said is true


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Jeff
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Biloxi, MS
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lamin8r
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Member since Mar 2008
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Dude settle. I thought it was a pretty quality first post actually. Surely while reading this thread you sensed a certain Norrisesque quality? I'm not saying it ain't true though I've never met the guy. He's obviously a legend and I'm sure for good reason, but you know how legends can be sometimes.


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Jeff
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Biloxi, MS
Member since Jan 2004
1815 posts

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Dude, I've seen this guy in action plenty of times and he would make you shite yourself if he thought you were comparing him to Norris.


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tandyman
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natchitoches, la.
Member since Dec 2007
451 posts

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I have heard stories from a distance about Cantrelle for years. He is one player I have thought about through the years as to why he didn't have a bigger impact at LSU. I seem to recall a knee injury. Can anyone shed any light on this?


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lamin8r
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2008
7 posts

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OK are you guys just uninitiated with Chuck Norris Facts?

LINK /

This whole thread could be Art Cantrell Facts.

"Art Cantrell brushes his teeth with a mixture of iron shavings, industrial paint remover, and wood-grain alcohol."

BTW I saw those pictures of him and he looked EXACTLY like my mental picture which is great. I really do believe that the guy was nails and mean.

Oh and thanks for being so welcoming it means a lot, I was really nervous submitting my first post.
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Jeff
LSU Fan
Biloxi, MS
Member since Jan 2004
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LSU won an SEC championship with him at RB in 1970, I think.


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Jeff
LSU Fan
Biloxi, MS
Member since Jan 2004
1815 posts

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Yes, we know about Norris. But we also know about this hard core old school guy personally and you were just off target with the Norris thing. You do have promise, though, cause a true ranter is smart arse to the core, so, welcome!



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