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October 18, 2016

Growing up in Waldo, I had an affinity with sports….particularly football. I loved to watch our high school football team play and, as a kid, dreamed of playing for my small hometown team! The fun, the pageantry, and the camaraderie were all mesmerizing to me. I just k...

September 27, 2016

At the beginning of the summer of my 16th year, I was looking for a job.  Being a teenager was (and is) an expensive endeavor!   Taking girls out on Saturday night cost money, and I had to earn that money myself.

That summer, Mr. Gunter, (all of us kids around...

September 13, 2016

When I was 12 years old, my mother took my siblings and me to Gator Growl, a large pep rally held in the University of Florida’s football stadium, on the Friday evening prior to the Homecoming game. Prior to Growl, there was a pre-Growl which highlighted various high s...

February 29, 2016

In 1987, when my son, Ben, Jr., was 12 years old, I was concerned that he needed a structured after school activity. His mother and I had divorced, I was traveling a lot due to business opportunities, and I was concerned about what he might be doing after school until...

January 4, 2016

In my early years, I was fortunate to have people in my life that believed in me and pushed me to do more. Because they helped me see beyond the limits I’d set for myself, I learned a valuable lesson: I can do more than I think.

Back in my early teens in 4-H, I was very...

December 14, 2015

When I was in high school at P.K. Yonge, I loved playing football.  It was my game!  In the fall, I lived, breathed and ate football!  But, since my father had past, I spent my summers working whatever jobs I could fine to help make my way.  Before my senior year, my m...

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