9.26.2011

Football: We've Found His Sport

I didn't know I like football until I saw him play. And practice...and practice...and practice. This kid puts in his time (and I put in mine - driving him there and waiting for him and picking him up :) ) He has practice 4 nights a week for an hour and a half. He has 2 hour games every Saturday. He comes home sweaty and dirty and tired...and HAPPY. He LOVES football. And he is good at it. Really good. More than that, football has really helped Landon in other ways too. He's realized what it means to work for something - not just put in your time but REALLY work for something. And he has to work hard every time he is on that field. The team doesn't always win but he still feels the rewards of his hard work and that makes him happy... and me and Cameron.

Football season started the last week of July at Football Camp. We were all impressed when Landon brought home the first place in the "punt, kick, pass" competition. It was kind of surprising to all of us since he hadn't played before. He played it cool and acted like it was no big deal, but his HUGE smile told us how happy he was for winning. A special bonus was that my dad and brother happened to be here that weekend and saw him play. It means a lot to Landon to have people around cheering him on (especially his grandmas and grandpas!)

I love how tough he looks in his uniform...
...especially when he's got his "game face" on. For some reason I LOVE this picture of him. He just looks tough and ready to play.



I've always been weary of my boys playing football. I'm worried about him being around the stereotypical "football playas" and I worry about him getting hurt. I gotta say, though, football has been so good for him. It's been a long season and we still have a month to go. His endurance hasn't faltered. He's so much stronger physically and mentally. He hasn't said once that he doesn't want to play, in fact every day he is excited to get out there with his team. I can't help but be that crazy fan on the sidelines cheering him on (although I try to keep it under control! :) )

7 comments:

runningfan said...

I'm glad football has been such a great experience for Landon. It had the opposite effect on Zach!

csmedley8157 said...

I am so happy for Landon. He will fall into the trappings of the “jock” I am so sure. His problem is he will be so you know...great without knowing it. So that will make him more great!

csmedley8157 said...

I mean he will not fall into the trappings. My dyslexia!

Colleen said...

Awesome! He sure looks the part. I love it when kids seem to find their groove. Good job, mama for going with it in spite of your fears!

Steph said...

Holy cow Landon looks so grown up in those pics (not to mention, a total STUD!) He's going to be one of those guys that every girl has a crush on but he won't realize it cause he's too sweet and humble. Seriously, the girls will be swooning all over him, you better watch out! :) Give him a big hug for me and tell him we're so proud of him!

Nancy K said...

AWESOME!

shay said...

What?!? I can't believe he's playing football! He's not old enough for that!!! You're still saving him for Madi, I hope!?! :)