When it comes to being a sports fan, sports is more than just a game.
Often it is used as a metaphor on topics that go far beyond the field. One of the most common ones expressed is the idea of the underdog.
As much as people are interested in the megastars like Mike Vick and Peyton Manning, nothing gets a fan’s blood flowing more than a real good underdog story. This idea is not a hard one to realize, just look at how movies like “Hoosiers” and “Rudy” tug at a sports fans’ heart and make us yearn for these stories to appear in our reality.
These stories don’t often make their way into our lives, but every once in a while we get the chance to witness a true rags to riches story take place right before our eyes and we eat it up.
The poster child for this is recently retired quarterback Kurt Warner. His road to becoming an NFL star is as improbable as it is inspiring to everyone who hears it. It is truly amazing and may be something that we do not ever see again.
But we can get close.
NFL fans may be witnessing a rags-to-riches story 2.0 taking shape up in Buffalo, New York this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading a team of misfits and castoffs and is taking the league by storm. Fitzpatrick has blazed his own path to the big-time that was nothing of the ordinary.