I swear these games are one of the most stressful things ever! It’s hard to sit there and watch knowing how much this means to the guys. Plus, there is always a very real fear of them being hurt. You obviously never want that to happen!
Ok so now that you know a little about Arena Football, I thought I’d talk a little more about C and his involvement.
In 2008 the Tampa Bay Storm (an Arena Football team) called him up and asked him to play. He decided to give it a try. He played that year and really enjoyed it, but internal issues caused the entire league to shut down in 2009. Thankfully, that only lasted a season and C played in Tampa for the 2010 and 2011 season. In 2011 he was the Defensive Lineman of the year!
After the 2011 season C was treated unfairly in Tampa and demanded a trade. Since he was such a valued player, he was able to list his top three teams and demand to play at one of them. On February 7th, 2012 (my birthday!) he was traded from Tampa to a team not listed in his top three. He refused to play there, so they traded him to Arizona, which was on the list. He was traded from the second team on February 9th, 2012 (my mom’s birthday!).
I still love that he made his way to Arizona on both mine and my mother’s birthdays. Happy birthday to us!
Anywho, back to football.
There are 4 other guys on the team that play the same position (well roughly – there are minor variations) and 4 of the 5 guys are out on the field at a time. That means there is one “backup.” Even with C’s arm being in a club they still have him play the entire game. I think that says a lot. The guy with one arm is better than the backup!
Speaking of the club, a few games ago the broadcasters called it his “hand cannon.” I could not stop laughing! I call it that all the time now. It’s basically a real cast that completely covers his hand so he
can’t bend his wrist at all. They saw the cast in half so he can get it on and off. During games it is wrapped in padding to make it softer, because really, that thing is quite the weapon!
Is there anything else you would like to know?!
Good luck to my love and the Arizona Rattlers tonight! I know you will all kick butt!!