The future is bright as we move past the pandemic and the hurdles that complicated this past 2021 football season. But the future of Boldest Football will move on without me as Team President; in the coming weeks I will be stepping down.
For over a decade this team has been a part of my life. My blood sweat and tears were fully invested from the day I walked into work in December 2009 and saw the flyer that Chris Harris posted about interest for the team. I have those tears in my eyes as I write this post.
Over the years I’ve made some good friends and some good enemies, both of which I’ll be able to reflect on the memories forever but you can’t always make everyone happy and "the wind blows the hardest at the top of the mountain". This team has put me in a position where I’ve had to make some really tough decisions. But for sure and with out a doubt, I’ve always done what I thought was best for Boldest Football and NOT any one individual person. It’s cost me countless hours away from my family, thousands of my own dollars, an immeasurable amount of heartache and grief, but it also brought me an amount of happiness and pride that I wouldn’t change for the world. I would do it all over again.
Starting from January of 2010, I spent a total of 5 years as Vice President, and 7 years as President, and in my time I have experienced some things I will never forget, including:
📎won football games all around the United States, most notably against NYPD, FDNY, Charlotte, and Dallas.
📎won a National Championship
📎participated in countless charity events and donated thousands of dollars to charity & 10-13 efforts
📎bridged the gap between the old Boldest team and the new team
📎Gave the NYCDOC something to be proud of (even though the agency doesn’t give a shit about our team)
📎met Mike Tyson in Vegas
📎visited the Football Hall Of Fame in Canton
📎visited the birth home and church of Martin Luther King in Atlanta
📎dined at Mike Ditkas Steak House in Chicago
📎had former NFL players Ray Lewis, Marco Battaglia, and Kerry Wynn do a coin toss for us
📎participated in the CBS College football promo photo shoot
📎participated in the Stephen Colbert Super Bowl show with the NY Jets
📎participated in the NY Giants pregame/ first responders ceremony at MetLife in Class A uniform.
📎I’ve also seen a Boldest player lay his wife to rest, I’ve seen a player laid to rest, and witnessed a player have a heart attack at practice.
This has truly been a wild rollercoaster ride.
Besides playing football at my job, one of my goals for this team was for a bunch of us “measly jail guards” to be respected and held in the same regard as NYPD and FDNY, on the field and off the field. I am confident that I can say today, that is the case.
I am confident that I am leaving Boldest Football far better than I ever found it.
I’ve done my best to give you all the most quality football experience I could provide. Along the way I’ve honored my fellow brothers, black & white never mattered, the only colors that ever mattered were navy & orange.
For you wives or girlfriends who ask the question: Why are you so obsessed? What is the big deal about football? Why do you love football so much?
Because being part of a football team is a brotherhood like no other. It is devoid of skin color, devoid of ethnicity, devoid of class systems.
And that’s one of the greatest things about football. It brings a bunch of us individuals, from different walks of life, different cultures, and different experiences, together, and changes us from individuals into a team and a family. Individuals who in normal circumstances wouldn’t generally cross paths in life, get to share a common goal and in those moments nothing else matters.
Football is pure, in that sense.
We may not see each other for months at a time, but when it’s time to come back together and strap up the football equipment, there’s no feeling like that brotherhood of going into battle on that field. In those pure moments, what is understood doesn’t need to be explained.
I need to thank some people. There are so many but I’ll name this short list specifically involved with Boldest:
🔹Johnny Acevedo, Charles Mason, Tara Ballard, Michelle Murphy, Bud Behari, Erika Vialet for sticking around as long as you all did.
🔸Joe Fina for being my right hand man since day one and doing whatever I needed even if that meant picking up beer bottles after a game so we didn’t lose our permits.
🔹Joe DellaRatta for always helping me keep perspective and keeping me grounded. Because of you, I’m confident I can look in the mirror everyday and know I always did the right thing for the team.
🔸Coach Ryan for accepting and navigating through the bad times here with me, as much as enjoying all the good times, and sitting next to me on this rollercoaster.
🔹Travis Briggins for being the poster child of maturity, longevity, dedication, commitment and loyalty, I know that if we cut you open you would bleed orange and blue. Travis, this team is lucky to have you, even if they don’t realize it yet. You along with Aadam Glenn and Kazmel Minott, are the LAST of a dying breed and they don’t build them like you anymore.
I have never thanked you all enough for your support, hard work, loyalty, and dedication.
If I could repay you with the world, that still wouldn’t be enough. I don’t know why you all stayed by my side for so long, but I love you all and thank you all for it.
Attached are some of my personal favorite photos
Chris Chamberlain, President
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