The Twists and Turns of Life: The Power of Desire

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst IJuly 3, 2009

To start, this really isn't an article about my Panthers or Eagles; it's not going to be much of a sports article at all, really. But you who are reading this, I consider friends, and I wanted to share my recent experience with you.

On Thursday, July 2, I was officially laid off from my job in making big things little. I was a heavy equipment operator of six years, operating bulldozers, front-end loaders and such. I loaded chunks of concrete and asphalt into a crusher plant to make a recycled material that could be, well, reused.

Back in April, for those of you who may not know, I was accepted into Penn State University. At that time, I really wanted to be laid off from my job, as the business was very slow, and I wanted to start concentrating on getting ready for college, getting into football shape and writing on Bleacher Report.

My ideal time frame for getting laid off was over the summer, as I really didn't want to spend another winter in the windy dust-land that was the yard I worked in. I set my mind to being laid off in the summer or early fall.

Then a new opportunity was presented by Bleacher Report. A correspondent gig through CBS to cover the team of my choice, the Carolina Panthers, of course, beginning in July. At that news, I had set in my mind that whether I was laid off or not, if offered, I would accept the job from CBS.

Another reason I wanted to lose my job is because I can now get in better condition to try out for the Penn State football team. I have always wanted to play football, but never had the opportunity. At this point, I am not really trying out for any one position in particular. Though I am one hell of a punter, I just want to make the team.

The amazing thing is how when you really want something, if you put your mind to it, you really can move mountains. I never thought leaving my job and getting ready for college and whatever other opportunities may arise would be so easy.

In the end, whether I get the gig as a Carolina Panthers correspondent for CBS Sports, I still have six months in the meantime to get conditioned for football, and I will have a lot of time to write about the two teams I love like family: The Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

In August, I will be going to Bethlehem, PA, for a weekend of watching one of the best football teams in the league, the Philadelphia Eagles. While there, I am going to do something that, until now, I have never had the opportunity to do. For one weekend, I will be a self-appointed Philadelphia Eagles correspondent for Bleacher Report.

I will try to get any quotes I can, as well as interview fans at random, to get their take on the upcoming season as well as their thoughts on the team's draft day and expectations.

Stay tuned, Bleacher Report readers, as I am about to delve into an area I have no prior professional experience with. And unlike last preseason, I won't wear a Panthers jersey this time.