I'm Dan. I've been a professional sports fan for as long as I can remember. By my estimation, I began watching professional football in 2003 and professional basketball in 2005. Since I witnessed my first Green Bay game in 2003, I have been following the Packers (and the NFL) religiously. I became fascinated by the way Brett Favre eluded would-be tacklers and by the way he slung the ball for what seemed like miles down the field. I was awed by Ahman Green's spectacular combination of speed, power, and elusiveness. My first memory of watching the NFL was the Packer-Raider game in '03 when Brett Favre threw for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns after his father's passing. From that day forward, the game became something of a passion for me. I came to admire players such as Derrick Brooks, Ladainian Tomlinson, Champ Bailey, and Steve McNair, among others.
I tend to gravitate towards power backs as my favorite players, as I believe they are the embodiment of the sport (Eddie Lacy, Steven Jackson, Michael Turner, Jerome Bettis, Jamal Lewis, etc.) I've been to numerous games over the years and have relished the unique experience the historic Lambeau Field has to offer.
I enjoy collegiate football and basketball as well; my primary teams being the Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles. I vaguely remember the days of Jim Sorgi at quarterback, with Anthony Davis in the backfield. I'd have to say my favorite Wisconsin Badgers team was the one they fielded in 2011 (the Russell Wilson led team that unfortunately lost to Oregon in the Rose Bowl). Other than football and basketball, I don't watch many other sports except for the Brewers on the occasion, but I don't follow them especially closely unless they are in the playoffs. My secondary rooting interests include the Clemson Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Oregon State Beavers, North Carolina Tarheels, Indiana Hoosiers, and UCLA Bruins, among others.
As an aspiring NFL Network analyst, I started my own draft website earlier this year. Last year, I assembled my own first round mock draft solely on research, but this year I decided to delve deeper. I decided to scrutinize film, observing the strengths and weaknesses of the different prospects' games. I've dedicated a fair amount of my spare time to film study and researching other NFL teams in the hopes of accurately predicating as many draft picks as possible. Right now, I'm looking at a 3-round mock draft by May. I try to be unbiased and present fair and accurate analysis. I give credit where it is due, and do not allow my rooting interests to cloud my better judgement (usually). As an NFL fan of over a decade, my yearning for knowledge has increased over the years, as I've become more and more educated about the sport and its history.