CSN to debut 'Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On' Sunday, December 23

CSN to debut 'Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On' Sunday, December 23

Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On to premiere Sunday, December 23 at 7:30 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet;
CSNChicago.com to provide video excerpts immediately following debut airing

Chicago, IL (December 13, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide viewers with a poignant and emotional half-hour documentary honoring the one-year anniversary of the death of former Eisenhower High School football standout and inspiration Rasul Rocky Clark.

Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On, hosted by SportsNet Centrals Pat Boyle, chronicles the tragic story of this promising 16-year-old high school running back, who was paralyzed in a game against Oak Forest High School in September of 2000 when he was tackled just four plays into the contest. He immediately suffered two broken vertebrae in his neck and a devastating spinal cord injury. From that moment forward, his life changed forever.

With a deep faith and a determination to rise above this tragic setback, Rocky never gave up. With his heroic mother Annette at his side, Rocky graduated from Eisenhower H.S., attended junior college at South Suburban College and even helped coach his old high school football teamall the while receiving around-the-clock medical attention. However, Rockys story gained national attention in 2010 when his schools 5M insurance policy had reached its cap. Annette received a two-sentence letter from the insurance company notifying her of that fact. Just 16 months later, Rocky passed away at the age of 27.

This impactful look at Clarks life and death, featuring numerous interviews with his family, friends, coaches, nurses, state representatives and others who all called him one thing an inspiration premieres Sunday, December 23 at 7:30 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet. In addition, viewers are urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for video excerpts from Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On immediately following the 7:30 PM debut airing.

Produced and edited by Comcast SportsNets Sarah Lauch, Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On will also re-air on the following datestimes: Christmas DayDecember 25 (9:30pm), New Years EveDecember 31 (9:00pm), January 5 (7:00pm) & January 7 (7:00pm).

Note the following quotes from Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On premiering Sunday, December 23 at 7:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

ANNETTE CLARK (Rockys mother) on receiving the insurance letter:

I got the letter. It was a two-sentence letter. It said Rocky's insurance was gone. I let things upset me and he wouldnt. I said the nursing care is gone now. When he sees me upset, he would tell it's going to be all right, but he thought he would be taken care of for the rest of his life. That is why I am hoping this bill is passed because someone else will get hurt. Don't put a cap on their life. Let them live. Rocky said he was being penalized for living too long.

ANNETTE CLARK on Rockys final day:

He (Rocky) said, MamaI love you and I said I love you too. I talked to the lord and I had asked him many times before to let me have him because he would have been gone and he would give him right back to me, but this time was for Rocky to go ahead on and I said to the lord thy will be done. I said let go and let god, baby. I said let go and let god...that is all I could say. The lord had already comforted me and said this world is not our home. My son had to get hurt and die to try to make a point. That makes me angry every time I think about it. My children were supposed to bury me.

KARITA LOGGINS (Rockys home nurse) on Rockys final minutes:

We were there for the last minutes of his life and I just remember him saying I love you three times. Then he asked me to help him. I said how can I help you? He kept saying, help me.

COACH GREG WALDER (Rockys Eisenhower H.S. coach) on the hit:

I never saw how this happened. I can see the play in my head. It is a normal tackle. There were ten hits in that game that were more vicious that that hit. I don't know how it happened.

COACH GREG WALDER on the Insurance scenario being Rockys legacy:

The awareness about insurance for high schoolers will be his legacy now. We don't know what the caps are. It is a tragedy that he didn't get the coverage. It is not anyone's fault, but it needs to be fixed right now. Nobody talked about it until the insurance company cut it off and it's too late at that point.

CHICAGO BEARS WR EARL BENNETT on Rocky as a person:

He was a guy you could go up and talk to. He would tell you the whole incident, about his life. He's one of those guys that just moved me when I spoke to him.

COACH TRAVIS MOORE (who selected Rocky to be his asst. at Eisenhower H.S.) on Rockys passing:

Rocky stood for so much courage and strength. He transitioned from Coach Rocky to super hero. Normally, you dont think super heroes could be hurt. Our herofriendlittle brother was taken away. It was real tough. Probably one of the toughest situations Ive been through.

DEACON DON GROSSNICKLE (Rockys friend and founder of the Gridiron Alliance):

They say a cat has nine lives, Rocky Clark had better than 30. The hardest thing was the day when I would lose my friend. Annette did everything possible to keep Rocky alive, but the day did come. It was very hard.

We are working with legislators to make a law and the law would be very simple: when high school athletes are performing in any venue, the law requires those that have them perform, insure them. The Illinois High School Association would have to insure all athletes, in all sports.

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White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

The two fastballs that soared to the backstop on Wednesday night should give you a strong indication that Carlos Rodon was far from perfect.

But in making his first start of the 2017 season, the White Sox pitcher also offered his team plenty of signals that his health isn’t going to be an issue.

Rodon returned to the mound for the first time since last September and brought the goods that made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects several years ago. Given he’d missed three months with bursitis in the left shoulder and the potential value he offers to a franchise only half a season into its first rebuild in 20 years, that was plenty for the White Sox to overlook the rust Rodon showed in a 12-3 White Sox loss to the New York Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He started a little rough early obviously, got some high pitch counts,” manager Rick Renteria said. “And then he kind of settled down.

“Having him back in the rotation and getting him back out there on the big league field, coming out of there feeling good, healthy. I'm sure he will continue to get better as he continues to get out there and move forward.”

Renteria said he wasn’t surprised that Rodon struggled with his command as much as he did against the Yankees. The issues the pitcher displayed in uncorking a pair of wild pitches, walking six batters and throwing strikes on only 41 of 94 pitches were also present during Rodon’s four rehab starts in the minors.

But as long as the stuff was there, the White Sox would be OK with any issues that accompanied the performance. Rodon began to alleviate those concerns immediately when he earned a called strike on the game’s first pitch with a 93-mph fastball to Brett Gardner. Featuring a four-seamer with an absurd amount of movement and a nasty slider he struggled to control, Rodon checked all the boxes the White Sox hoped for from a pitcher they believe will be a frontline starter for years to come. Rodon also was pleased by how he felt before, during and after the contest.

“I was pretty excited,” Rodon said. “I was going a little fast in the first. But it was good to be out there. Next time out, it’ll hopefully be a little better. Arm feels good, body feels good, all you can ask for.”

Well, it’s not ALL you can ask for, but it’s pretty damn good out of the gate given how slow Rodon’s return took. His four-seam fastball averaged 94.9 mph according to BrooksBaseball.Net and touched 97 mph. His two-seamer averaged 94.4 mph and touched 95. And his slider, though he couldn’t control it, nor locate it for a strike, averaged 86 mph.

“You could see (Omar Narvaez) going over to try to catch some balls that were having tremendous run,” Renteria said. “That's (Rodon). He's got some tremendous life, he's just trying to harness it the best that he can and being able to execute where he wants to get as many strikes as possible.”

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The strikes were about the only thing Rodon didn’t bring with him. He walked Gardner to start the game and issued two more free passes after a Tim Anderson error allowed a run to score and extended the first inning. Rodon threw 37 pitches in the first, only 15 for strikes.

He also reached a full count to each of the batters he faced in the second inning. Rodon walked two more with two outs in the third inning after he’d retired six batters in a row.

And there were those pesky first-inning wild pitches that resembled something out of ‘Bull Durham.’

But all in all, Rodon and the White Sox ultimately saw enough in the first outing to be pleased.

“Great stuff, great life, but the goal is to put it in the zone and let them swing it to get guys out early,” Rodon said. “That’s not what happened. I’ll get back to that.”

“It’s a tough loss, but it’s better to be with the guys out on the field grinding than sitting on the couch and watching, for sure.”