Quarterback Drew Bledsoe signed with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week and I, in turn, became a Dallas Cowboys fan. Why you ask would I switch loyalty to the Cowboys? Well, it's Drew Bledsoe, of course. I worked in the Washington State University Media Relations office when Drew played there. He was a great athlete then (and still is, obviously) but more importantly, he was a great person. His folks are awesome and raised a great, gracious, funny, normal guy who just happened to have been blessed with an amazing arm.
The great part of Drew being a Cowboy is that Dallas spends three weeks of their training camp in Oxnard, a mere 5 miles from my house. I can't wait to see Drew. I hope his family comes (wife, three boys and one girl) to town and his parents too.
His dad Mac Bledsoe has written two books - Parenting With Dignity and Parenting With Dignity: The Early Years. Check them out...I just bought the Early Years book a couple weeks ago and am already using some of the advice. I'll save a story about a touching conversation I had with Mac for another post.
Drew was like a little brother to me at WSU. He went on to the NFL, has had 12 amazing seasons, has a family, and a charitable foundation (parenting skills). I never kept in touch with him partly because I didn't want to track him down and have him feel like I was bothering him (you wouldn't believe the amount of "hangers-on" in sports). But now that he'll be in my backyard so to speak, so I will definitely track his ass down. Yippee!