As the first American born citizen in his family, he disappointed his family by deciding to become a sports talk radio show host. "They pay you to talk? Who are you kidding?", he has often been asked by different members of the Guimaraes clan. "Thank goodness we made so many sacrifices so you can not work for a living."
Five years ago, Eric met "The Captain" Carey Rich at a local watering hole known as The Publick House and the two immediately hit it off. The chemistry was evident as the two pondered the thought of hosting a show together one day. This August, that dream was realized as the two host The Locker Room every day right here on 1400theteam.com
Carey Rich aka The Captain
Hard work and dedication was never foreign to Carey Rich as he learned his work ethic from his mother. Mama Rich worked hard to make sure her son would have every opportunity to make a name for himself and he would not dissapoint. As a youngster, Carey always made sure he had a few bucks in his pocket to take care of his friends by working a paper route. When time permitted, The Captain, as he would later be known, would hone his basketball skills on the blacktop. This would lead to a state title while at C.A. Johnson, a Southern Conference Freshman of the Year award, and three strong seasons at USC, where he was a two-time captain (thus the name).
The Captain acknowledges many inidividuals who have crossed his path over his many, many years on earth with influencing him...most notably, Eric Guimaraes. "I am often amazed by his professionalism, sincerity, and knowledge of all sports," said Rich. "Without him, I don't know where I would be."
Carey is known for his big smile and objectivity....and for being Eric's right-hand man. "I've heard E-Rock can lead a horse to water AND make him drink," noted Carey.
By 2:30 Wedneday, we should know what Tajh Boyd's intentions are for next season. The redshirt junior gunslinger is set to make his announcement today as to whether or not he will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
His father says that as far as he knows, Boyd will be back.
As for reasons to go, Boyd would be one of the top qbs in this year's draft should he decide to forego his senior season. It is widely considered a very weak draft for the position and Boyd is likely projected in the top three rounds. Also, one of his biggest targets, DeAndre Hopkins is expected his departure for the NFL Thursday.
Reasons to stay are the same for a lot of signal callers across the landscape of college football. One more year to grow and mature in the position and an opportunity to leave his mark forever on the Clemson program. We will know soon enough.