Why New Orleans Saints football reminds me of family
As a 5-year-old boy, I wanted nothing more than to become a race car driver! Terry and Bobby Labonte driving around the tracks had me mesmerized.
My dad and I, however, didn’t share the same passion. He loved watching the Saints play.
Like any young boy, I wanted to be like him so I began watching the Saints too and learning that football is more than just a game. It’s about connection. Connecting with your family – your teammates – and being a part of something larger than yourself.
Football not only means a lot to me, but it also impacts others. It serves as a teaching tool for life lessons. The game teaches unity, loyalty, trust and responsibility.
However, I have learned that perseverance is the most relatable to life. This game has many ups and downs, but it’s how you respond to the hardships and obstacles, pushing past them to achieve greatness.
The same is true for not only playing football but watching it. When the Saints play, I feel a part of a team.
Being a Saints fan means I am a part of a brotherhood, a bond that connects me to other Saints fans. It doesn’t discriminate against gender, race or age. Saints football relates to everyone.
As I watch my Saints play, whether they make the playoffs or struggle to win much of anything, I always go back to those days as a little boy and am so grateful that my dad did everything in his power to raise me like he did – rooting with a passion for the black and gold.