I blog about a lot of controversial things and receive my share of flak for it, but I anticipate today’s article will top them all. Today we are diving deep into the heart of America to shine some light on the one and only:
You would be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of football than me during the first 33 years of my life. I was born into a Packer and Badger family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While as a youngster I always pulled for these teams, my independence sprouted at age 5 when my family moved to Kentucky and I started liking the teams that were on TV, namely the Philadelphia Eagles and the Michigan Wolverines. I’ve owned an extensive wardrobe of Eagle and Wolverine garb throughout my life and can pretty much name you every player and stat line from these teams from the past 25 years.
I started playing John Madden Football for Super Nintendo when it came out in 1991, with steady doses of Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl prior to that–and I’ll still whip any of your tails at any of the above.
We moved to Ohio when I was in 3rd grade. I soon began idolizing Troy High School football, as most of my town did. I played at Troy from grades 7-12, my sophomore year getting to be on the roster with the 1998 Mr. Ohio Football (best player in Ohio) Ryan Brewer, who went on to be Outback Bowl MVP at the University of South Carolina, and Kris Dielman, a 2x NFL All-Pro and 4x NFL Pro-Bowler with the Chargers.
After high school, I played as much flag football as I could, continued my Madden addiction, and dominated* my friends in fantasy football (which I began playing in 8th grade).
*ok, the dominated memory is a little foggy…
In 2012 I took a summer work sabbatical and strapped the pads on one last time, playing for Lansing’s semi-pro team, the Capital City Stealth. I played safety, was a team-captain and had 7 interceptions prior to re-tearing my ACL. Continue Reading…