*Note: this is my one chance to give props to my favorite sport and the hardest position in this sport: Cornerbacks... I loved playing this position over my extensive football career, both intramural, high school and backyard fun!
Alone on an island, wide green oceans to patrol....the cornerback stands guard. Names often unknown and great deeds unheralded. You don't want to be noticed, you play stealth. Soldiers denying entrance, silent, strong.
Quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs crave the attention, play in bright lights, demand the camera. Cornerbacks are shadow walkers, stalking in the dark, carrying out orders when no one is looking.
When you are bad, the world laughs, action always comes your way, the bullies will attack; when you are good, they leave you alone.
Over the years of my grid-iron obsession, the outstanding corners and safeties who have become house-hold names are few and far between: Jack Tatum, Kenny Easley, Ronnie Lott, Neon Deion to name a few.The procession of greats is small, popularity is scant.
This year it will be different, the dark warriors take front and center: Sherman, Revis, Thomas and Browner on the attack. These are men to fear, owners of their end-zone, keepers of the goal. Or lest we forget, Kam Chancellor, damager of souls, stay out, run away!
I for one will watch and cheer, not for Brady and the limp wristed throws with his baby soft footballs, or for Wilson and his tini-tiny scampering feet -- oh no, I will be watching those who lurk in the shadows. Cheering the true Dare-Devils on turf.
Cheers to the cornerbacks, the men alone, silent, strong...Here, here!
(*it should be a fun game)