The Tennessee Head Banger

Tom Myslinski, who was an offensive lineman for the Tennessee Volunteers, had an unusual pre-game ritual. He would psych himself up by banging his head against doors, cabinets, walls, towel dispensers, etc. Without a helmet.

One of his teammates explained that he did this "until his eyes get all bloodshot and, then, blood is pouring from his forehead."

Myslinski noted, "It's just my way to pick up the intensity. To tell you the truth, I have no idea why I do it. Afterwards, sometimes, I say to myself that it sure was stupid because my head hurts."

Myslinski went on to play for nine seasons in the NFL and is now a strength and conditioning coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kingsport Times - Nov 20, 1991

Arizona Republic - Dec 27, 1991

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 07, 2022
     Category: Rituals and Superstitions | Sports | 1990s | Brain Damage

“I like to bang my head against the wall / because it feels so good when I stop.”
Posted by Brian on 02/07/22 at 11:28 AM
I suppose his favorite mixed drink was the Harvey Wallbanger.
Posted by ges on 02/07/22 at 03:14 PM
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