I have mentioned before how fun Friday's can be in the equipment room, especially home games. Yesterday was no different.
We had many visitors, and it is always fun to see everyone!
Dave Schecter of Nike came by with a few of his friends from his fraternity when he was here at UofA a few years ago. They had a little reunion of sorts, and they made sure they came by the equipment room as part of their weekend. It is ALWAYS nice to meet more Wildcats!
We are also hosting a number of representatives from Riddell. Taylor Hanohano spent a good bit of Thursday with us going over product and just talking about protective gear in general. Taylor is a former equipment manager himself, and a good one at that, so it is always nice to gather info from other experts in the field! We spent more time yesterday, including Jeff Watson who is the local rep here in Tucson. Later in the day, we were joined by Larry Pierce who is the Regional Vice President for Sales on the West Coast. We all went to dinner last night, which was a lot of fun!
We had some former players stop by, including Antoine Cason, who is having his jersey retired in a ceremony later tonight at the game versus USC. Antoine always finds time to spend with us in the equipment room. He was a regular visitor when he played here, and he still stops by any time he is around. He has always been a very classy man, and it is nice to see that he is still the same humble and appreciative guy that he has always been, even though he is in the NFL. I have had the pleasure of working with some incredibly nice people in this business, and Antoine ranks up at the top in terms of GREAT people!
We have had quite a few pro scouts hanging out in McKale lately, and in my 30 plus years of being in the business, I have been able to get to know many of them very well and some of the really nice ones spent time with me yesterday, and that was enjoyable as well!
All in all it was a GREAT day, and now I am about to head over to the stadium locker room where we will begin getting ready for tonight's game against the Trojans. I hope to have some pictures up tomorrow of all the hard work that the equipment staff does to get ready for a game.
Starting cornerback for the San Diego Chargers, and really good friend of the equipment room, Antoine Cason: