Advocate SEPTEMBER 2019
Why I Don’t Just Root for the Jaguars MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
We may not have very much seasonal change here in Florida, but we do have football season. Personally, I’m more into tennis myself, but after the US Open wraps up every year, I still feel plenty of excitement for the Jaguars to take the field. My dad and brother are both absolute sports fanatics, so a good deal of their enthusiasm may have rubbed off on me. But growing up in Jacksonville just as we acquired our very own football team was more than enough to get me interested in the sport on my own. Still, I’m not exactly what you would consider a die-hard fan in the traditional sense. When I watch football, I tend to root for individual players more than the teams themselves. This can make things awkward at times, given how often players tend to move teams these days. My admiration for Tom Brady was particularly difficult to square during last year’s playoffs. My son, who is the traditional “Jaguars or nobody” kind of fan, made me promise not to root for the Patriots ever again. But at the end of the day, I find the athleticism and leadership shown by players like Brady to be inspiring. Regardless of who’s playing, I’ll find myself cheering on the team who’s managing to rally and come from behind, or for the quarterback who’s the calmest under pressure. Players like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady just embody an incredible level of professionalism on the field that I can’t help but admire. Heck, our family are Seminoles fans, and I’ll still give Tim Tebow credit where credit is due.
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or has serious allegations leveled against them, they’re canceled in my book. I won’t be able to bring myself to root for their team so long as they are on the roster. Maybe it’s from all my years as a prosecutor, but I tend to regard anyone who gets themselves arrested with suspicion, especially when they might be protected by their fame or fortune. In my mind, the best players aren’t just athletes; they’re good role models. Those team members who can come off the field magnanimous in defeat and humble in victory are the real inspirations. As both a mother and a family law attorney, I know how important it is for boys to have positive role models. A player who can show the next generation of men that football isn’t all about violence and bravado is a winner in my book. So, as we enter what passes for fall in our sunny part of the world, I’m looking forward to the season kicking off. There’s sure to be plenty of drama, close games, and upsets. But more than the score, I’ll be watching for those players who never give up when they’re down and walk off the field smiling — win or lose. It’s these kinds of athletes that can inspire all of us.
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Of course, my admiration for players cuts both ways. If a player gets in trouble with the law
“A PLAYER WHO CAN SHOW THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEN THAT FOOTBALL ISN’T ALL ABOUT VIOLENCE AND BRAVADO IS A WINNER IN MY BOOK.”
-Heather Qu ick
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