I have been sick for over a week now and have not been able to run at all, but good enough for work (sad face) so when this opportunity came up it raised my spirits. On Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to go to the Pro Bowl Practice that was being held at Luke Air Force Base as my brother-in-law is active military there. It was a really pretty cool experience being that close to the players while they went through “practice” it was a training camp feel. My son was lucky enough to get over 20 autographs from players in clouding Hall of Famer and team captain Chris Carter. Team Carter was very good about signing autographs and interacting with the fans, we were about 4 feet away from getting Andrew Lucks autograph when the horn sounded and the players had to leave, but he did get a bunch of great players including Drew Brees, Devin Hester, Jordy Nelson, Ryan Clady, Andy Dalton, Sam Shields, AJ Green, and several others who I can’t remember right now. JJ Watt was there but he was pretty true to what I have red about him in that he doesn’t like to sign autographs but he will interact with the fans. Them Irvin had a different agenda. They ran a much more “real” practice and when it was over half of their team went straight to the busses including Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Jason Whitten, Matt Stafford and a few of the Broncos. Then what made it harder to get autographs of those players who did stay was the media. I think that they were miffed that when Carters practice and autographs ended the players went to the busses and left without much media time. When Irvin’s practice ended the media swarmed the players preventing them from making it to the sideline where the fans were until after the horn sounded. A-hole media.
But overall it was a great experience for my son and I, there was free food and drink, the up close experience with the players and quality time with my son. One of those days we will always remember together. Pictures, well of course there are!