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 *Brian Mills' Thoughts
PaytonM34
 Posted: Dec 29 2017, 10:20 PM
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Gonna try my luck at a journal type thing to make some more money. Gotta make that street money somehow.

The Beginning
Growing up, my family revolved around football. NFL, NSFL, NCAA, even local high school football. Every sunday from September to December consisted of the family gathering on the couch, eating some food, and watching football from 1pm until 11:30pm. Ten straight hours of football every week might have been a little much for any other family, but for the Mills family, doing anything else would have been insane.

When I was 7, I joined my cities youth football league. Right away I knew I wanted to be a linebacker, just like my favorite player ; Brian Urlacher. Hitting other people, roaming around the middle of the field in your zone defending the pass, punishing any receiver ballsy enough to come across the middle of the field, it all delivered an adrenaline rush.

Once I was in high school, I started getting noticed for my play style. With the development of the pass, many linebackers were being phased out for leaner and quicker defensive backs, or safeties who could play in the box. Was the traditional linebacker going to be the next fullback? Would the position even exist by the time I made it to the pros? I made it my goal to prove those people wrong and to show them that the traditional linebacker still had a role in the modern day defense.

College was a little different. The talent was noticeably better, offenses were faster, and quarterbacks were smarter. This was about the time when I knew that I had to put in maximum effort in order to make it to the NSFL.

All of my life I had been working towards a goal: one day making it to the NSFL. After years and years of hard work and dedication, I had finally achieved that goal on the night of December 20, 2017. The night of the annual DSFL draft was very exciting for me. I had no idea which team was going to pick me, or even in what round of the draft I was going to fall to. The only thing I knew for certain was that this was going to be the night that would change my life forever.

As I tuned into the DSFL draft, all of my worries and fears were non existent. I had come to terms that no matter what team I would get drafted to, I would still work my hardest to become the best linebacker I could possibly become.

I had been in contact with the Portland Pythons GM multiple times prior to the draft, as he was one of the leading men on the NSFL orientation team. I knew right away that Portland wouldn't be a bad place to land. On top of that, the Pythons were the reigning DSFL champs in season 4.

I had also been in contact with the current GMs of San Antonio Marshals, Kansas City Coyotes, and the co-GM of the Tijuana Luchadores. Talks with San Antonio were mostly about the defense and the mentality in the city about how a defense will win you championships. They had a very good track record on defense for the first two DSFL seasons, and it was a very attractive place to go to as a linebacker.

Next, I was in contact with the previous GM of the Chicago Blues who had taken the position of Coyotes GM just prior to the draft. I had grown up a Chicago fan my whole life, so I knew that there would be chemistry between me and the GM of the coyotes.

Lastly, was the Tijuana Luchadores. I had brief talks with the GM of the Seawolves who had taken the job of co-GM in Tijuana before the draft. They were very motivational in our talks about becoming a great linebacker and offered some tips about how to continue my career in the NSFL. If one thing was certain, it was that no matter what team drafted me, I would not be at all upset or surprised at the selection.

7:58PM, the draft was about to begin. I am watching the draft with my family from home. The crowd started filling into the draft center. The announcers were discussing possible scenarios of the draft and about the futures of the draftees and the DSFL teams.

8:00PM, the Coyotes are now officially on the clock. The pick comes in, and they select QB Borkus Maximus.

8:08PM, the Pythons are on the clock. Could I get picked here? The pythons don't have any second or third round picks so this might be the only chance to land in Portland. The pick is in, and they select DT Norman Bagwell.

8:13PM, the Marshals are on the clock. They take pride in their defensive players. San Antonio could be a perfect landing spot for a linebacker. They take Storm Woods, Cornerback.

8:15PM, the Luchadores are about to pick. There are rumors going around that they are about to pick a linebacker. I stand up in excitement, almost imagining my name called. "The Tijuana Luchadores select..... Linebacker..... Elvin Enchant". Although upset my name wasnt called, I give my buddy Elvin a call on the phone to congratulate him. We had been friends ever since the DSFL combine when we started discussing our different styles of play and our favorite childhood linebackers.

8:20PM. At this point, every team had passed me at least once, but oddly enough, I became very calm, almost in a way that all of the pressures of being a first round selection were lifted off of me, so I go to grab a beer from the fridge and watch as teams start picking away.


8:35. The Tijuana Luchadores are now on the clock. I lean back in my chair, pondering if the Luchadores would draft a second linebacker. Mills and Enchant. Playing side by side in the DSFL. Offenses would be scared out of their mind every week that they saw 'Luchadores' on their calendar. "With the 9th pick in the DSFL draft, the Tijuana Luchadores select..... Linebacker....."

To be Continued


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QUOTE (Squamish @ Dec 30 2017, 06:05 AM)
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Thanks dude //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif next chapter will hopefully be a little bit more light hearted and satire

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Great article man! Earn that cash!!

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