SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Giving thanks for the best job

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM.

I can’t believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are in the home stretch of 2012.

My seasons of life as a sports writer are once again coming full circle; in a little more than a month, I celebrate my 12th anniversary covering Okaloosa County sports.

Whether looking back on the last 12 months or the last 12 years, I can find plenty for which to give thanks.

I am thankful for the family members, friends, pastors, teachers and mentors who have helped shape my life and encouraged me to chase my dream. I’m thankful for newspapers in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida that have allowed me to pursue that dream for close to 20 years.

I’m thankful for sports and how they have shaped my life on and off the field. I appreciate the competitive fire my high school coaches ignited that has instilled a “want to” deep in my being. It allows me to push through and get the job done.

Since my dream was to write sports, I’m thankful for the thousands of athletes I’ve had the opportunity to cover through the years. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch and write about high school athletes who went on to play at the highest college level and even the highest professional ranks of their respective sports.

I recently got a big kick out of watching former Crestview football player Chris Pickett, now a Troy University defensive back, play my college alma mater, Tennessee, on TV. I should mention that I’m thankful too that the Trojans didn’t pull off the upset as it’s been a tough season to be a Volunteer fan.

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