When I was little we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. While many of my classmates gave answers like Basketball player or Singer I said my dad. When asked who my role model is; it will be my father. He has been my drive for success since I was young. Growing up my dad gave me advice and lessons on how a man should be. He gave me a visual of what a good husband is. He was tough on me, I mean tough tough on me. He pushed me to be better than I was the day before. AS any adolescent I ignored my dad, took his warnings and lessons as just old people thinking. The more I matured and made mistakes the more I realized my dad was on to something. He taught me to respect authority and humble myself when I am dealing with people young and old. He taught me to not be a statistic. My dad came from nothing to something. He wants me to come from something to everything. Every dream I have he has supported and as they have changed he has never changed. I never understood why he pushed me so hard and why I got the tough love versus my little sister. He told me that he has to prepare me for life and prepare me for what a man has to carry on his shoulders. He gave me tough skin and gave me my drive to be success because you don’t want to let down your role model.
The title maybe misleading to some. I don’t love pigskin as in bacon or pork rinds, rather the football. Everything about football I love from the crisp air to the touchdowns. I never got to play football competitively in school and as sad as that makes me I still know that I have a passion for the game. I watch games during the season more than I watch anything else during the year. College football is my favorite because the energy is so much better then the NFL. My favorite team is Oklahoma and it is because they are the first team I ever watched. I wanted to be a quarterback so bad I would go in the front lawn and just throw the ball to myself. As of now, I don’t see myself being a quarterback but I do see myself being around the game I love. I am a communications major and I am looking to be involved with public relations. I want to use that degree to work with the Denver Broncos, not because they are my favorite team (although I do like them) but because I want to experience football in a city that is rather devoted to the sport. Interacting with the Public and being able to pursue my passion first hand is all I want to do with football. It may not be the dream little Justus had but it is a dream that I have and I am working for. There is nothing better than success and that is defined by hard work. Like the gridiron, I want my name etched in history.