At the NFL draft in New York City

New York, NY -- I was chosen to be the token Air Force Officer at the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. I had a great time, despite not knowing much about the sport!
New York, NY — I was chosen to be the token Air Force Officer at the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. I had a great time, despite not knowing much about the sport!

The National Football League needed some military folks to stand on stage during this year’s draft. Like most televised events, they have a short segment dedicated to showing their appreciation to men & women in uniform.

I braved the streets of New York city to get to Radio City Music Hall. (If you’ve ever driven in New York, you might agree that I probably deserve a medal just for that feat alone!) After finding a place to park, I stood outside the music hall and waited for other service members to arrive. While waiting, I politely provided directions to ignorant tourists who mistook my Air Force dress blue uniform for that of a hotel doorman.

Once inside, the NFL execs showed us a great time. They gave us some swag (as if ya boy didn’t already have PLENTY of swagger,) then introduced us to some NFL greats.

We met Dan Marino. Ray Lewis chatted with us for a while. We even saw Tiki Barber (but, for SOME reason, we weren’t able to talk with him.)
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There were probably lots of other sports stars there, but I’m not much of a football fan, so I probably wouldn’t have known them if I saw them.

But, I didn’t need to be a football fan to have a good time. It was fun, and a few of my friends/family said they caught a glimpse of me during the few seconds we were on camera.

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