Due to my father’s government job, I traveled a lot growing up. I spent my freshman year of high school in Frankfurt, Germany. In the early spring of that year, a recruiter from the NFL: Europe (then the World Football League) came to our band class at FAHS to recruit brass and woodwind players for the Frankfurt Galaxy pep band.
My friends and I signed up. We practiced in an old building in downtown Frankfurt every Sunday afternoon. And in March of 1991, the Frankfurt Galaxy played its first game. The number of people who actually came to watch the games were pretty low at first, but by our last game on May 25, the crowds had grown to 52,000 spectators.
I was never a big fan of sports, and until this experience I knew nothing about American football. But not only did being in the Frankfurt Galaxy pep band shape my love for football, it also cemented friendships and gave me a fantastic taste of independence. My fondest memories were riding the S and U-bahn trains all around Frankfurt with my friends on the way to practices and games, singing and screaming at the top of our lungs. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and one I’m very grateful for.