PARKERSBURG-It would be a pretty sure bet to say that Sly and the Family Stone did not have football in mind when they coined the phrase, "It's a family affair."
But those are the four most appropriate words to use when describing the Lindamood family and its love affair with the game of football, especially Parkersburg High School football.
"I just feel very fortunate,"said Mark Lindamood. "I have had a lot of experiences with our children that other people dream of."
Photo by Jim Butta
Football is a family affair for the Lindamood family of Vienna. Father Mark Lindmood poses with his three sons, from left, Joey, Matt and Adam.
Mark Lindamood is the father of former Big Reds Joey and Matt and current PHS junior-to-be Adam.
"I really pushed Joey and Matt too hard when they were younger," explained the father. "It took me a while to learn how hard I should push."
Joey Lindamood, who will join Don Reeves' staff this fall at PHS and coach the defensive ends and tight ends, was an all state performer with the Big Reds during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, leading the red and white into the Class AAA playoffs both years.
The hard-charging running back then took his talents to the University of Charleston where he played the last four seasons before returning to his roots.
"If I was going to coach anywhere, it was here (PHS)," said the eldest of the three sons. "There's not another place I would want to be. It's got such a base of tradition from which you can build off of."
A tradition that includes middle brother Matt.
"Watching him (Joey) grow is what got me started," explained Matt. "Watching what he did out there was something I could look up to."
And use to build a career that witnessed him become back-to-back Class AAA all state selections in 2006 and 2007-helping the Big Reds capture back-to-back state titles along the way-and earn an invitation to play at West Virginia University.
"I owe so much of my success to my brothers (Joey and Adam) and my dad," continued Matt. "They taught me that it is all about working hard. It's all about who perseveres."
Traits that have helped the former Big Red work his way from walk-on status to the top of the depth chart at the "B" running back position in first-year head coach Dana Holgorsen's new offensive attack at WVU.
"He (Matt Lindamood) is a football player's football player," explained Holgorsen during a recent visit to Parkersburg as part of the Mountaineers Athletic Club's Coaches Caravan. "He's the kind of player that has the intelligence to know what you need to have done and the heart to do it."
Traits youngest brother Adam hopes will lead him to a successful season this coming fall.
"I get a lot of grief," explained Adam. "Especially from fans who think I should be doing the same things they (Joey and Matt) did here."
After playing in the shadows of Allan Wasonga, who will take his talents to Marshall University this fall as an invited walk-on, and Chad Collins as a sophomore, Adam Lindamood will get his chance to add to the family's legacy when PHS opens the season against visiting Brooke on Friday, Aug. 26. A legacy that stretches back to the days when J. Fred Earley, the boys' grandfather, played for the red and white.
"There's always going to be pressure and expectations, especially when you have brothers like Joey and Matt," continued Adam. "But they (the other brothers) are always there to support me when they see that I am down."
A support system that has helped Matt during his climb up the depth chart with the Mountaineers.
"He (Matt) would always tape both wrists before a game and on one he would write the initials JM and on the other AC," said the father. "I asked him one day why he did it and he told me it was so when things got tough he could look at them and know that he had their support."
So, when it comes to the Lindamoods the game of football really is "a family affair."