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!
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!*