All good things must come to an end – and that’s especially true in 2020.
During this strange and uncertain time, businesses have tough decisions to make. And the Indianapolis Colts are no exception. On Friday morning, I got the call that my dream job was eliminated.
I knew it wouldn’t feel real until I shared this news with all of you – my family, my friends, my fellow fans – the people who gave me a platform to begin with.
For five years, I had the honor and the privilege of writing for the team I love. From the players and coaches to the mascot, the cheerleaders, the groundskeeper, the families, and the fans – everyone has a story. And I loved telling every one of them.
I’m grateful to the Colts and the Irsay family for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m grateful to the players for opening their hearts to me and trusting me to share what’s inside. And I’m grateful for the people, the memories, and the friendships that will stand the test of time.
Last week, I joined a group I didn’t sign up for – The Unemployed Sportswriters of America. An eternal optimist, I’m doing my best to keep it in perspective. After all, things could be much worse. As my dad said, “At least they didn’t trade you to Cleveland.”
I’m a free agent now. And just like the players released by the Colts, I’m sad my time is over, but I’m excited about what’s to come.
I look forward to relaunching my brand on my platform and continuing to tell the stories I love in new and different ways.
We’ve all suffered losses this year – family time, special times, a sense of normalcy and belonging. Some have lost friends, loved ones, and businesses. None of us are coming out of this unscathed and my heart goes out to each and every one of you.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that connecting with people is the most important, most powerful, and most meaningful thing we do. Going forward, I hope to do it more, better, and with greater passion than ever before.
Thank you for believing in me, inspiring me, and supporting me.
I’ll have more for you in the weeks and months to come.
Until then, stay tuned.
And stay healthy.