Monday, July 28, 2008

Waibelinho in the NFL?

A friend sent me this release from Rice University this morning. Apparently, Craig Waibel was spotted over with the Houston Texans yesterday, going all Tony Meola with those guys for some local kids. I am searching for video, so if anyone has any, please let me know.

Craig Waibel is so tough, the tackling dummies ran and hid when he showed up yesterday!

Rice Volunteer Soccer Coach Craig Waibel Helps Local Youths With Charity Kicks

Rice volunteer soccer coach and Houston Dynamo star Craig Waibel made a total of 10 football field goals to help send 30 youths from local hospitals to the Dynamo's SuperLiga semifinal match against Pachuca on Tuesday (July 29).

Waibel and Houston Texans kicker Chris Brown arranged to have three kids from local hospitals receive free tickets to the Dynamo game for every field goal Waibel could make after the Texans' practice last Sunday (July 27). With Brown as his holder and coach, Waibel put on a place kicking display. The Owls' volunteer soccer coach made 10-of-14 attempts, including one eye-opening kick from 63 yards. For his effort, 30 local kids will now get to see the Dynamo in action.

Waibel, who helped lead the Dynamo to back-to-back MLS Cup championships each of the last two seasons, has been a volunteer soccer coach at Rice since 2006. Rice soccer went 12-7-2 last season. The Owls open the 2008 season with a home match on Aug. 22 against regional rival Sam Houston State. The Rice soccer program has the honor of hosting the Conference USA Tournament in November at the end of the regular season.

UPDATE: Video is here, courtesy of the Chron.

And here's a photo from Bernardo Fallas' blog:

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