What football means to me

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When I first caught a football
I knew I would love it
smooth, leathery skin
and snow colored laces
tinted with dirt and grime

The first time I played
I knew none of the rules
but learned quickly
and began to get useful at the game
and the sounds
the cracking of pads
heavy breathing
and cries of pain as people ram into each other

As the years progressed
the game became more "challenging"
plays got more complicated
kids got larger
but it just made me better
and faster
and stronger
and tougher
I played every position
wide receiver
line backer
nose guard
and fullback...
until 7th grade
when everything...
all i thought
as the ball
came toward me was...
"What will happen next?"
I didn't know
I still

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