My reflections on Robbie Rogers,
Soccer, and Finish Line
Major points in this article:
Soccer stops being just a game, if you can find a professional
soccer player who you can connect to—whether through his
performance on the field or through his conduct off it. I am a
professional soccer player too, but I don't find myself any
different from the millions (probably billions) of soccer fans
of the world. I have my favorites on and off the soccer field
too. There are those players that I hate out and out, no matter
how tremendous a player they are or how many zillions fans they
have. And then there are these other set of players, who I
admire from the bottom of my heart, because I can clearly see
that they give their heart and soul while playing this game.
Even when off the field, this particular group of my favorite
people appears completely different from the other "regular"
soccer players, thanks to a clean soul and clear passion for
Robbie Rogers is one such young
professional soccer player, who belongs to this second group of
my favorites and whom I simply adore (the guy is beyond
admiration). Agreed that he might not have performed to the best
of his potential yet, but his recent performances and a big
career move, coming in the form of his signing by the Los
Angeles Galaxy, are clear signs of a future stardom. And like I
mentioned earlier, it is not just his stellar performance on the
field, it is the way that he carries himself off of it that
makes him a special player for me.
For those who might not be completely familiar with Robbie
Rogers, he is a 28 year old American professional soccer player.
He came into the spotlight when he was signed up by Los Angeles
Galaxy to play in the Major Soccer League (MSL) in the May,
2013. But that is not why he is one of my most favorite players.
A little before this big career move, Robbie Rogers was earlier
in news for his open confession about being gay. Four months
after this announcement, he became the first openly gay man ever
to join MLS or any of the top 5 major North American sports
league. What struck me as a clear sign of him being a truly
honest man and an honest soccer player, though, was when I
learnt about how he fought his way out of an immature, early
Robbie Rogers had taken retirement from soccer, as he was afraid
that he won’t be able to play in any major league or for any
major team any more, given his "gay" status. Soon he realized
though, that retirement was not the way to embrace his sexuality
or lifestyle. He came back to the field, and came back stronger
than ever. That was when he got his big break with the Los
Angeles Galaxy. That is when I knew that this guy's love for
soccer is genuine and for which, he is willing to fight the
whole world even if it is against him! That is precisely why and
when he became one of my favorites.
Show me true passion, and you will find a place by my side or
better yet, in my heart. Ask my friends or my team mates, I go
where my passion takes me or where I find another truly
passionate mate. This passionate mate need not be a man or a
woman though, it can be a business or a team or a company, like
I came in contact with FinishLine, when two years ago, I decided
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On each of my visits to their stores (both online and physical),
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