Hope all is well on your side of the world. I heard about the big news and the first thing I did was check this site to see what your guys’ reactions were. What an exciting time to be a fan of the Broncos! I think Russell will be great for the team in the long run and I am glad to see all of you in high spirits.
For those of you that don’t know me, I used to write articles and comment here several years ago. Thanks to Nick, who registered my account through his website and to the community here, I was able to talk football with some great people as I was making my way through a coaching program.
I just wanted to stop by and say a quick ‘hello’ and let you know a couple of things now that I found my password:
1. I was really glad to see a lot of familiar faces when I came back here. I remember back when I was a fan of the Broncos who had a deep passion for the game and a hunger for learning the in-and-out of everything football related. I was quite obsessed with it to be honest. Finding It’s All Over Fat Man and coming over to this site created by Nick was one of the great opportunities I had to talk football with people who are educated, smart, good to each other, and wanted to listen to what my input was. This site provided a truly remarkable avenue for me to grow as a young man finding out what my passion was and diving into it head first. I would have still loved football and still gone onto my career track, don’t get me wrong. But, having people willing to read what I put out and support me in doing so while I was figuring out what I wanted to do in my life was truly formative. I just wanted to say thank you for letting me a part of your community and allowing me to talk football with you guys. I don’t think I ever got around to saying it, so I wanted to make sure I did while I was still here.
2. I am no longer in the football industry (Thanks COVID!). In hindsight, it was mainly my decision. I was a video coordinator for the program I interned for. They paid for my Masters degree and provided me with a good paycheck while I ran all of their film from the coaches film to highlight programs. But, I felt my interest for football decline as the 100+ hour work weeks kept going on during the season and watching my team experience losing season after losing season kind of killed my interest for the game for a little bit. I don’t think I have watched a game of football for three years now as a way to decompress from the sport. In an effort to keep a roof over my head and food on my plate, I decided to join the Navy and am now deployed in Boston working on the USS Constitution, a historical 224 year old frigate. I started from the enlisted side but now, since I came in with a degree, I have an opportunity to serve as an officer and be able to serve in the aviation side of things. I must put the work in, but we will see. Life is pretty good thus far, I don’t have to worry about a lot, except for a certain war in Ukraine. But other than that, I am chugging along.
I still kept most of my knowledge of the game, oddly enough. Whenever I watch snippets of the game on TV, I analyze the offensive formation, know generally the calls I’m hearing. I just have no interest in seeing what happens. That may change here with the sudden, revitalized Denver Broncos now in prime contention to make some noise in the league. I guess I’ll find out when training camp rolls around and see if the my interest piques up like it used to.
If you don’t mind, I would like to join you all for a great next season. Thanks again for all your support when I was writing and commenting my every thought here. I’m glad I was able to have an outlet that some people only dream of having.