He’ll easily become one of my favorite Giants
This is something I wrote to the Fordham University Football squad after their loss to Towson University in the second round of playoffs last season in December of 2013. I think it would be a good addition to the body of work on my blog.
To the Fordham Football squad:
I am extremely proud of each and every single one of you. You gave this university the most exhilarating season it has ever seen!!! You put us through some scary moments throughout the season but always found a way to come out on top. Even with the conclusion of the postseason you’ve still come out on top because YOU HAVE MADE HISTORY. You broke so many records and packed Jack Coffey Field game after game with fans ecstatic to see you play and willingly sacrificing their voices to cheer you on as loud as possible! You played amazing football and paid attention to the details. You put your heart and soul into the game and a fan could ask for nothing more. You have done incredible things not only for football but for Fordham athletics and the university as a whole.
To the seniors that are leaving us, congratulations on an amazing Fordham Football career. Thank you so much for being leaders and doing all you have done for the squad. You leave champions in our hearts. You will be missed dearly, but the 2013 Rams will never be forgotten. Ever. Once a Ram, always a Ram. Best wishes on all your future endeavors.
To those who will remain on the team next year, this is just the beginning. There are even bigger things in store for Fordham Football. You have been blessed with a team and a coaching squad that refuses to give up. Next year we are going to take our division by storm! But always remember to focus on the hurdle directly in front of you before you look at the next one. Step by step you will be even more amazing than you were this year. You are all so talented and have the potential to do incredible things. I am more than confident that next year will be another one for the books.
All eyes were on you this year. The team had a 1-10 season just two years ago. Then the new coaching staff came in and has been doing a phenomenal job ever since. You had the second biggest turnaround in FCS history with a 6-5 winning record. This year you got more wins than the past two years combined!!! 11-1 in the regular season and making it to the second round of the playoffs surpassed anyone’s expectations. There is nothing but pride at Fordham for you guys. You literally put Fordham on the map and had all eyes on you. You even became a fan favorite! People went from doubting you to having the confidence that you could overcome any obstacle in your path. You all have truly impressed everyone this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving fans something to look forward to every Saturday. There is no feeling like watching you tear up the gridiron knowing that you are feeding off the energy of the fans!
It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to call myself a Fordham Football Ram fan. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves. I know I am. I am absolutely ecstatic to see what you can all do next season and will forever be #ProudToBeARam.