yesterday, i had the honor of attending the Play 60 game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
i knew going into it that i would on the sidelines until the national anthem was sung, but i had no idea that i would experience such a rush of surrealism.
Emel & i arrived at the stadium an hour & a 1/2 before kick-off & were promptly escorted onto the field where my favorite men were warming up.
growing in up Indianapolis, in a family where pigskin is worshiped year round, the Colts have forever been the mecca of all NFL teams, so being in their house is one thing, but walking on their turf (literally & figuratively) is another.
& then there was Jeff Saturday, our beloved center turned ESPN analyst, who was kind enough to take a quick pic, albeit blurry, but a definite framer.
we walked down one side of the field & made our way to the tunnel where the players would soon be re-entering for game time.
i stood there staring at the end zone wondering, “how did this become my life?” when Blue, our mascot, started running over to grab the horseshoe flag.
i saw him coming, yelled, “Hi, Blue” when he leaned over for a hug & said, “Hi Brooke!” into my left ear. my reaction that followed took me back to being an 8 year old super fan.
this morning, when i retold yesterday’s happenings to my CEO, i got tears in my eyes.
“it was such a surreal day, i kept asking how i ended up there, on the field, next to the players, hugging Blue and him actually knowing my name… all of this has happened so quickly and i am so thankful for this opportunity… it really was a great day!”
i am so happy to be living in this great city, & so fortunate to be making memories with such talented folks.
the Colts victory over the Titan didn’t hurt either, but man, for me, it was about so much more than the game.