Her family was athletic - mom a champion swimmer, granddad a semi-pro baseball player, grandma played basketball. And uncle Tommy played baseball. Athletes tend to be competitive. In this particular game, uncle Tommy got carried away in the heat of the competition and tackled Lorin. He had the size advantage, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds over Lorin's 5' 9" and 150 pounds. The hit "Laid me out. Knocked the wind out of me. I couldn't breathe." And got Tommy in big trouble with the family. The incident ended the family annual football classic.
Uncle Tommy is Tommy Boggd, who played thirteen years of pro baseball with the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves and is now head coach at Concordia University.
Lorin was one of the founding Outlaws. She played receiver and running back and later moved to the defensive side of the ball. She missed one season thanks to a knee injury and retired two years ago - one of the saddest days of my life - to free up time to pursue her career.
|Lorin loves the competition, going all-out.|
Her first organized sports were softball at age eleven and gymnastics at age thirteen, doing the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise. In high School she played softball, volleyball, track (high hurdles and mile), basketball, gymnastics, "everything I could." When she moved mid-term from Lanier to Pflugerville High, the only sport available was cross country. Lorin says "I hate running but I had to be involved in some sport." In her senior year she played another running sport, soccer. And she won all-state honors at halfback.
|Running isn't so bad when you're carrying the ball.|
She has played a variety of positions including the offensive line. At 150 pounds, she was often matched up against women twice her size (literally, 300 pounders) and had to rely on strength and quickness to survive. Why the line? Coach said they needed someone who was experienced, "fast, mean, and had an attitude." Asked "does that describe you?," she acknowledges that on the field maybe she does get mean and with an attitude.
|Lorin the child model.|
Today she works at Dell while pursuing this career path, working on masters degrees in project management and business administration.
|Lorin posing at the construction site of Round Rock's James G. Walsh Middle School.|