Came into this world 21 years ago and I've been groovin' ever since.
I don't have a whole lot in common with many of the other writers on this site. I've barely experienced college; I had to drop out after the first semester of my sophomore year. I have never worked with a newspaper, school paper, radio station, nothing.
In fact, it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I realized my dream job was to write about the NFL.
As most young boys do, I had dreams of playing on Sundays. Well, after finding out that I have terrible hand-eye coordination and sloppy hands for a lineman, I realized my calling was probably off of the field.
Redskins football was imprinted into my DNA. My mother instilled in me the love of football at a young age, and I couldn't be more thankful. I'm also a huge University of Alabama fan (not quite crazy enough to poison trees, but probably crazy enough to name my kid after The Bear).
As if I wasn't enough of a predestined football fan, my grandfather graduated from the University of Alabama, while my grandmother was an Auburn Tiger. The Iron Bowl was the one night a year my grandfather never ate—if Auburn won he wouldn't eat, and if 'Bama won my grandmother wouldn't cook.
When I first started writing in May of 2012, I posted on my own blogspot page. After a few months, I applied to B/R to be an intern and was rejected. I wasn't disheartened, just knew I had to work harder.
I joined a site called Football Nation as a weekly contributor for the NFL and college football and after a two months of working there, I decided I would apply to B/R once again. It wasn't really planned, I was bored during class and felt like giving it one more shot. I wasn't expecting to be accepted since I had already been rejected once before, but I heard back a few days later and found out I had been accepted as an interning writer.
I was lucky enough to be a part of the 2012 Winter internship for B/R and got my start as a featured columnist for the Washington Redskins and am now a league-wide featured columnist while also taking on duties as a featured columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks. I also recently finished my second internship with the site.
At the end of the day, I'm just a big fan who gets to write about his favorite sport in the world. I truly love it, and I hope I can do it for the rest of my days.
Check out my exclusive interview with NFL Hall of Famer Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1818713-pepsi-fanenough-travels-to-dallas-exclusive-interview-with-ed-too-tall-jones
For awesome Redskins collectibles, check out The Collectionary: http://collectionary.com/club/washington-redskins
Wanna talk about anything football? Tweet me and let's chat!
Hey Dilan, best luck as you continue to grow as a writer. As a die hard Browns fan, I can't recommend enough that you thoroughly do your homework before writing. The Browns articles thus far have demonstrated a lack of familiarity with the roster (name and position errors, not knowing the depth chart, etc) and or much of what occurred pre-2014 draft.
Love seeing coverage for my team, so I'm hoping that you continue to improve and provide useful insight.
Hey Dilan, best luck as you continue to grow as a writer. As a die hard Browns fan, I can't recommend enough that you thoroughly do your homework before writing. The Browns articles thus far have demonstrated a lack of familiarity with the roster (name and position errors, not knowing the depth chart, etc).
Love seeing coverage for my team, so hoping that you continue to improve!
You are a dumb little shit,aren't you?
Not trying to be an a$$hole, but you arent very good at what you do. How someone as clueless as you every got a gig writing about football is beyond belief.
You know it haha. Have to represent those guys.
You're welcome, Dilan! No problem at all. Have a great rest of the week!
I can't believe that was your first baseball article! I wouldn't have even known. Great job!
Appreciate the words, Dilan! Glad I can help!
Cheers, Dilan. Glad to be of service to ye.
Cheers, Dilan. Keep on keepin' on.