Unless you're a professional football player, you typically play casual games in your backyard with good friends. And as you play, you oftentimes dream of what it would be like if you and your buddy were ever able to square-off against one another in front of a packed house of screaming NFL fans.
This past Sunday, best friends, Rudy Niswanger and Kyle Williams, had their backyard dreams come true.
Rudy is a center for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kyle is a defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills, and these guys came together this past Sunday with their respective teams for a intense throw-down. Neither one of them ever thought they'd be able to enjoy a head-to-head battle at this professional level, because the so-called "experts" always claimed that neither one of them would ever make it to the big show.
Looks like they proved to those "experts" that they aren't the Nostradamuses they thought they were. ;-)
So there I am, sitting behind the end zone like a proud Papa, watching Rudy try to block Kyle and Kyle trying to rip Rudy's head off. These guys went after each other for 60 minutes with the utmost respect and gamesmanship, and after the game was over, they went right back to being best friends again. Seriously... it brought a bit of a tear to my eye.
While I'm talking about this past Sunday, I can't fail to mention that my boy, Travis Daniels, was also doing his thing on the field with the Chiefs. It's not every Sunday that I get to enjoy watching three of my guys duke it out on the same field, all the while admiring the outstanding character each one of them possesses. Sure, all of them are some of the world's greatest football players alive today, but, more importantly, they're also great husbands and fathers.
One more thing, before I letcha go... My boy, Travis, is a trip! There was a moment when I glanced over his way and you could FEEL the confidence radiating off of him. That dude knows how to stand tall and make you believe he's the number one corner in the NFL! He had his fly cap on as he stood next to his BMW 750-whatever, and he just looked like a damn KING! That's why I love the dude! He's been through a lot of rough patches in his life that could have interfered with him reaching his full potential, but look at him now... He's living the dream as a NFL superstar. My hat is off to him ;-)
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