15 April 2010

It's all about Spiller

I was born and raised in the SOUTH. I was raised by a family that loves their ACC teams. In the South, we tend to care more about our college teams than we do our professional teams. Especially in South Carolina.

SC doesn't have a professional football team. Most of the people from around this area cheer for the Carolina Panthers, who are based in Charlotte, NC, simply because they are the closest team. And, even the Panthers have only been around since 1993. In the past few years, I have cheered for whatever team my friends were cheering for at the time... simply because I didn't really care one way or the other. However, all of that is about to change.

I am a die hard Clemson fan. I have been one for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents went to school at Clemson and I was simply raised to cheer for them. Today, my passion for Clemson football has far surpassed the passion any of my family members have for them. I'm not really sure how or why that is... but I'm pretty much obsessed.

Over the last three years, one particular player has stolen my heart. That player is runningback C.J. Spiller. I love his intensity and his endurance and his ability to do whatever is necessary to win the game. This year, he will be entering the NFL draft and he is predicted to be a first round draft pick. I have vowed all year that wherever he goes... I will follow. The team that picks up C.J. will be my NFL team.

From CBS Sports:

04/13/2010 - TOP RATED NFL DRAFT SCOUT RUNNING BACKS: C. J. Spiller, Clemson, 5-11, 196, 1: He can be something special in the NFL, a big play waiting to happen ??? and happen quickly. Although Spiller's quickness was evident in games, he verified it with his 2.41-second clocking over 20 yards at the NFL scouting combine. That figure tied for the fastest 20 at a combine, set in 2008 by East Carolina's Chris Johnson ??? who used that blazing speed to rush for more than 2,000 yards for the Tennessee Titans last season. Spiller's best 40-yard time at the combine was 4.27 seconds, sixth best in the event's history. On the field, he has the strength to run through tackles and has a jump-cut-and-go move that leaves defenders reading the back of his jersey. He returned to Clemson for a senior season rather than be a first-round pick in 2009 because he felt he had something to prove. After sharing carries with James Davis for three years as "Lightning" in the "Thunder and Lightning" backfield, Spiller wanted to show he could be a featured back. He did that by gaining 1,212 yards rushing and 503 yards receiving and scoring 21 touchdowns (and at least one in every game). He is the first player in college history with at least 3,000 rushing yards, 2,000 kickoff-return yards, 1,000 receiving yards and 500 punt-return yards. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com/CBS Sports/USA TODAY


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