Today is Superbowl Day
I will watch and root for the Packers, although with minimal enthusiasm.
I grew up a Chicago Bear fan. Every Sunday during the season my Dad would be watching the Bears on TV.
I myself am a Rams fan only because of locality. But growing up I remember watching Gayle Sayers, Brian Piccolo and Dick Butkus. I learned everything about football by watching it with my Dad.
Here is my Dad in his football uniform. He was a center for the Fighting Trojans of his High School. He was good enough his Senior year that the Regional newspaper named his as the best center. He had planned to play in college, but something called WWII halted that dream.
How much did he love football?
Enough to start the Football program at the High School where he taught. The High School I attended. One of my first memories is standing on the sidelines out on the field watching practice and all the games. He quit when I was small because it was so consuming and my Mother worried about the stress it caused him when someone was injured or they lost.
When my Mother died and I was going through things, I found his play by play books. I guess I should of kept them.....I am hoping my brother did.
I also keep thinking that maybe someday all his passion will be recognized and the Football field might be named Winkler field....I think he would like that.
Thanks to him I will be watching.