And just like that Football Season is once again upon us! Praise be am I right?! This NFL season we have teamed up with NFL Fan Shop to bring you all the latest in greatest in football fashion and how we are styling our fave pieces to cheer on our teams.
Growing up in DC, Kelly has always been a major Redskins fan and you can thank her Dad for that one. They have had season tickets for years and have stuck with them through all of the teams ups and downs!
Courtney – Browns T-Shirt // Kelly – Redskins T-Shirt
On the other side of things this partnership is super near and dear to Courtney’s heart and something that she is looking so forward to sharing with you all throughout the season. As some readers may know Courtney’s Dad has been in the football industry since she was born! He started his career as an English Teacher in Indianapolis where he was a high school football coach as well. When the team made it to State he was quickly picked up by Purdue University coach their tight ends! From there he moved around a bit from coaching at West Point to Navy to the West Coast @ University of Pacific where he met my mother who was living on Hermosa Beach @ the time. Side note: My parents had incredibly different upbringings! My mom growing up off Sunset Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA and my dad in the small town of Bright, Indiana.
In the football industry and choosing that as a career you must first know that your position is never secure and you will be moving around A LOT. When my sisters and I were born my Dad was the Tight Ends coach at The University of Akron in Ohio.
Baby me running around the field @ University of Akron, OH
As rambunctious as my sisters and I were, mom & dad quickly realized they needed to move closer to my dads hometown of Bright, Indiana where my grandparents still lived in order to help out. Quickly my Dad was able to land the position of Offensive Coordinator at The University of Cincinnati which is 30 mins outside of Bright. My Dad was there a few years before he moved over to the competitor as Quarterbacks coach at The University of Miami – Oxford and yes he did coach Ben Rothleisberger during his time there!
Hanging w. Dad in our new home in Indiana while he was OC @ University of Cincinnati
Cheering Dad on with Bearcat @ The University of Cincinnati
After game shenanigans @ The University of Miami, Ohio – Also note Dad’s “blogger belt”
My sisters and I quickly called Indiana/Ohio home and we grew up in the cutest little Midwest small town we could have ever imagined. As football seasons do My Dad experienced a losing season with Miami and got the opportunity of a lifetime to coach the Tight Ends for the Dallas Cowboys. As this was such an incredibly hard decision for my whole family – my sisters & I chose to stay in Indiana while my dad moved to Texas to pursue his dream alone. This was one of the most difficult times for our whole family and my Dad quickly realized that he had to leave that job after a year and find something even if it isn’t football back in Cincinnati.
My sisters & I during training camp with the Dallas Cowboys – WE FELT SO AWKWARD if you can’t tell
For a small period in time my Dad sold cars at a nearby dealership while looking for any college or NFL jobs available! A blessing came in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals. My Dad was hired as the Head Scout for the Bengals in charge of the East Coast and Midwest colleges. We didn’t realize this at the time but this was the most amazing job my Dad could have ever received. He was promised job security and the ability to watch us grow up as this world of scouting was definitely more low key compared to coaching. My Dad stayed in this position for THIRTEEN years. He never missed a basketball game, a play, a move or a Dads Weekend in college. We all became major Bengals fans and thought we would be screaming WHO DEY for life. But as my Dad taught me from a very young age on – Never lose sight of your dream and Never lose sight of your passion.
Dad’s last year with the Cincinnati Bengals – 2015 first game of the season
After my sisters and I graduated college from Indiana University, my Dad was presented again with the idea of getting back into coaching. As my sisters and I all moved on to follow our dreams my Dad decided to take his old friend and old college quarterback @ Pacific Hue Jackson’s proposal of joining him as the new appointed Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns, as the Tight Ends coach for the Dawg Pound and assist him in turning this notorious losing team & program into something that could compete. This will be his second year with the team and we all couldn’t be happier!
Throughout my whole life and getting to see my dad’s journey I have learned if anything else how to work my ass off. That laziness is not tolerated and to chase our dreams at all costs. Especially learning that it doesn’t matter where you are from in order to get to where you want to go. 🙂
*Now to reward you all on finishing that we are giving everyone a chance to win a $100 to the NFL Fan Shop! All you have to do is comment below on what your fave thing about football season is! Contest ends Sept 10th!! GOOD LUCK!*
Tailgates, big wins from the underdogs, Bengals games, and of course, the playoffs! WHO DEY!
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Sarah Saul says
All the snacks!! Go Steelers!
My favorite thing about football season is cheering on my favorite team! There’s nothing greater than watching your team win among thousands of fans!! Thanks for this opportunity!
My favorite things about football season are definitely tailgates, Super Bowl parties, and screaming from the sidelines, because for all three I get to wear really cute outfits topped off with jerseys.
Tailgates, fall weather and cheering for the Patriots in the super bowl almost every year 😉
Michael Kayes says
Literally best story ever! I loved it from beginning to end! Although, you left out the chapter about becoming friends with this beautiful long-haired Asian who handled technology like Mozart composed and Michelangelo painted. Working with Greg was always a blessing and he was always all smiles and was a positive voice that built you up; even when you were wrong. If he was THAT good as a coworker, then I cannot even imagine how he was as a Dad.
But my favorite thing about the football season is finally getting the chance to put months of hard work and idea to the canvas and watching all of the long hours, tears, frustrations, hopes, and dreams take form for three heart pounding hours each Sunday. All those early morning and long evenings really let you learn about the people that make this job into a second family. It’s just the best thing in the world to be honest
Reed Story says
Wings, beer, weather, fantasy football, Redskins, tailgating…to sum up, everything!
Cheering on the Bengals!
Khaki Bowman says
My favorite thing about football season is getting together with my friends and family to support and drink to something we all love (especially when JJ Watt is on that team and raises 20 Million for your hometown hurricane efforts, woot woot).
Fantasy football! Makes every game more exciting!
Eating buffalo chicken dip, watching the game with my family, and wearing black & gold!!
My dad was a sports writer in Ohio and covered the Browns during his career. I really enjoyed reading this article and am excited for Browns season this year!
Emily McNamara says
Taking the annual trip to Pittsburgh to cheer on the Steelers (and tailgating with wings and beer, obviously 🙂 )
Tailgates with friends & family! Drinking beer! Super Bowl food! All the good looking players! 😉
The best part about football season is by far the playoffs. It’s cold out and there is nothing better than fixing a cup of hot chocolate all while cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Darlings I know absolutely nothing about football .
I love your use of color, the hot pink and orange
Something I would never style together but ❤️ love
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