Flag football: Then and Now

The #2 son takes the handoff from coach/quarterback Matt.

The #2 son takes the handoff from coach/quarterback Matt.

I didn’t just take photos of the younger kids playing flag football last Sunday. You didn’t think that I would forget about my favorite sports subject, the #2 son, did you? My freshman has moved up to the high school/adult division, and he played two games, both wins (yay!).

Kellen skies high to snag the catch.

Kellen K. skies high to snag the catch.

As I was snapping away with my Nikon D300 and Nikon 70-200mm lens and getting used to the change from little bodies (the #2 son-coached fifth-/sixth-grade division team) to big, I was chuckling to myself. Not because #2 always puffs his cheeks out when he plays (although that does amuse me), but because I was thinking back to the spring of 2005.

Coach/quarterback Matt talks.

Coach/quarterback Matt talks.

About four and a half years ago, Matt K. started our neighborhood NFL flag football program, because he played the sport in Houston, and he wanted his three sons to have the same opportunity but closer. That year every team wore Houston Texans jerseys (white on one side, blue on the other), and we all had a great time.

I liked it because it was a beehive of activity at our local Club field (that we can walk to) every Sunday afternoon for seven weeks. Kids from kindergarten through high school and adults had a blast playing flag football for 30 minutes. There were guys and gals of all shapes, sizes, and ethnic groups. It was America at its best! And it still is every fall and every spring in our master-planned community.

Opposing quarterback Shane looks for a receiver.

Opposing quarterback Shane, chased by Kellen, looks for a receiver.

Four and a half years doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? But photos never lie . . . as long as they haven’t been Photoshopped!

The #2 son scoots away from the pursuing Shane.

The #2 son scoots away from the pursuing Shane.

It just so happens that I looked back in my photo archives to contrast how #2, Kellen, and Shane have changed since the program started. Back then all three were so darned cute!

Longer-haired Kellen takes a turn at quarterback.

Longer-haired Kellen takes a turn at quarterback.

Kellen still is playing quarterback, but this time it’s for his high school’s freshman team.

Shane was looking for receivers back in 2005, too!

Shane was looking for receivers back in 2005, too!

Shane also quarterbacks as a freshman, but he’s on his private school’s varsity squad. Yes, back then all three were talented and adorable. But four and a half years later?

Kellen today

Kellen today

Talented and total hunk city!

Odd Segue

Speaking of talented and hunky, happy 59th birthday to the Mister!

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2 responses to “Flag football: Then and Now

  1. These are great photos, as usual, but I especially love the coaching one. What a great moment!

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