By Christopher Colon

What is a journey? When I think of journeys I think of a long story, I think of hardship – a person having a big story to tell about struggle, success, sadness, happiness. I think of my journey. I think of your journey; stories that must be told. Your story is what matters. Here in the SFL, you are family and you’re all at different stages of your own journey.

You have a story worth telling.

Speaking of which, the young man I interviewed is a young and brash individual. This is an interview of a special man who is embarking on a path not many take.

He is a rookie hopeful in the SFL. The Simulation Football League’s Rookie Draft is arriving, however this young man will get an opportunity most rookies would chomp at the bit for; the opportunity to be the defensive coordinator for the San Diego Too Guns, coached by ‘Mighty’ Max Paul. His story is a very interesting read. This young man has certainly been through a lot. Here is his tale…

CC: Good afternoon, my name is Christopher Colon. How’s it goin’?

JS: It’s going pretty well. Anticipating the offseason events!!!

CC: So, you’re the DC for the Pro Bowl I hear. Congrats. That’s a huge milestone achievement. How does it feel? Was that a goal of yours?

JS: I wanted an early shot to prove myself. So yes, I guess you could say it’s a huge goal and one I’m glad I could get done as early as I have been given the chance to! I just hope I don’t disappoint! I feel a lot of pressure going into the Pro Bowl. I know it means nothing to a lot of folks but to me it’s not only a chance to prove myself but it could be a make or break situation. If I do well, I might have a job in the near future! If not, I might not be given another chance for a while.

CC: How did you hear of the SFL? Who were some of the guys you watched before joining? Who is your favorite team in the SFL? What team would you like to be drafted to?

JS: My friend LB Allen III showed me this league during his first season so I kinda followed him. I wasn’t a part of the discord or anything but he would tell me what went on and what all the hype was about. Finally, I decided to pop my head in and I have been addicted ever since! As far as my favorite team, I would have to say I don’t have one, not really…I have a few teams I enjoy because they have nice uniforms, like the Denver Nightwings and the Pride, and some I like the way they scheme. Mostly Queen City runs the kind of scheme I like. As for the team I want to drafted by…Well, it’s a toss up! Unfortunately, I’m not going to tell you.

CC: What was college like for you as a player?

JS: Same as high school. I hit the books just enough to be eligible to play. I knew I wasn’t getting into college with my ability to do math or science, but I could with my ability to play ball! I had the same mentality in college. I won’t get paid to be a doctor or a teacher, but I can play football!

CC: Have you always been into Football or did it just happen?

JS: No. Originally I’m from England, so soccer was always my thing. I played goalkeeper and actually played for the Aston Villa youth squad. I guess the transition from goalkeeper to safety was a easy one. Watch the eyes and the hips never lie. That transition was a lot easier than the hoods of Birmingham, England, to the back woods of Georgia.

CC: Who was your inspiration growing up?

JS: Depends on what period of time we are talking about. I was bullied a lot in high school about my long, curly red hair. I wanted to play football but everyone said I had to shave my hair off to fit my head into a helmet. This upset me as it would any 8th grader which wa…2008? At that time, my step father showed me a picture of Troy Polamalu, and ever since then I started watching the Steelers, fell in love with the defense and then they won the Super Bowl!

CC: What’s your best memory of Football?

JS: My first interception! I still think about it in my pre game rituals because it always gives me an adrenaline rush! My memory seems to remember a lot more then what really happened…I somehow remember running back 109 yards for a touchdown when in reality I was so excited I just fell over and cradled the ball like a baby!

CC: What kind of player were you like in high school?

JS: High school, I was actually a runner. I ran XCountry and track all 4 years (400m, 4x400m, 800m, 1600m0) and I was a kicker. My coach figured if I could kick a soccer ball as well as I said I could, I can kick a football. When we were ahead by 20-30 points, I would get some time at safety.

CC: Did you get straight A’s?

JS: Me? Haha, oh no, I got an A in gym. Does that count?

CC: Does your family like the SFL?

JS: I don’t really have a family. The family members that do exist don’t know I’m actually a part of the SFL.

CC: What are your hobbies?

JS: Hmm….car shows, car meets, racing cars, breaking cars, fixing cars, talking about cars, playing car racing games, drag racing, street racing, racing at the speedway in East Alabama, buying car parts, selling car parts and anything car related…and driving…I also like football.

CC: What are your goals in the SFL?

JS: Well, I have a few in mind but I know even in a perfect world I may not be able to accomplish them all. I want to get rookie of the year…of course, who doesn’t? It’s a once in a career opportunity. Make the Pro Bowl…as a player and a coach again as well. Win some championships, MVP a couple of times maybe…setting a career record before I retire would be nice. I do want to become a defensive coordinator. I feel I can really make waves and create a hybrid defense never seen before in the league. Then eventually I would like to take more responsibility and maybe even own my own team…

CC: What do you want the SFL to know about you?

JS: I might talk a lot and be a straight up (insert bad word here) but I’m not a bad guy… misunderstood more then anything. I work hard in every field I put myself in, always striving to be the best and not running away from the first sight of failure.

CC: What is your story?

JS: Ah man, big one here. Well, I was born in Harrogate, England. Big Manchester United fan. Actually went to watch Wayne Rooney’s debut game where he scored a hatrick. My mom was a nail tech and my dad was a mechanic. He named me after his car which was a 1969 Ford Cortina Savage. The first memory I have of my father, we just left my moms house (they divorced before I remember)  and I had my over night bag which was heavy for a 3 year old. My mom was crying and my dad was running to his car and I was trying to keep up. Well, he got in his car and I heard his tires screeching through the parking lot. Last I ever saw of him. I still can hear the tires peeling out like it just happened today. It’s been 21 years. I moved to Birmingham, England when I was 6 and was heavily into soccer. I wanted to be a striker but I had a natural talent at goalkeeper. Aston Villa scouted me and put me on the youth squad which was quite fun. Eventually, my mother met her 2nd husband and we moved from a NYC-style dense city to….nothing…back woods, Georgia. We lived down a road made of dirt and sand. My high school never had a soccer team, so I started running. The only reason I started running was to avoid doing my studies and homework when I got home! My house never had AC so it was kind of suck it up or die during the summer and it really helped me climatize for running. I wouldn’t be hot in the middle of July because I was so used to it. My senior year I got into a big lot of trouble. I was arrested twice in less then a month for two separate, but serious crimes. I got lucky and wasn’t convicted. I was kicked out of my house and I went to live with my best friend since 8th grade, LB Allen III. We would play football in the yard till the sun went down and attempted to carry on after that but putting glow stick liquid on the ball. It didn’t work. We also played each other in Madden, always trying to outsmart each other.

Well moving onto college, I couldn’t ever afford a nice car so I had to make do with some trash from a junk yard I had to fix up. Watching YouTube videos, I got it to run barely and blew the motor up a year later doing doughnuts in a school parking lot. That’s when I met some other guys and we hit it off. I would help them fix stuff and they in return gave me knowledge on building fast cars. I got my Honda Civic and started racing that and other cars legally. We had this meet up spot we would call Mexico on Facebook as a code word. We would all meet up at this spot and race on the street. It was fun until the cops got smart and came after us with about 7-8 cop cars and a chopper. I stayed in trouble during that time, but now that I have my class A license, I have calmed down a bit. I have been building a car for the past year from the ground up so it’s gonna be hard to control myself when the time comes.

As far as anything else, nothing really…

CC: Finally, what is going to be the score in the Pro Bowl? Just kidding, you don’t have to answer that. Ok here is a two-fer last question.

JS: I’m going to give my honest opinion. I think we can get at least 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals and a saftey. So 29 for us. I can see them getting 3 field goals and a touchdown.

29-16. Team mighty for the win.

CC: It’s draft day. All picks are made. You go undrafted. What will your plans be? Will you quit? Or will you strive to be an undrafted player?

JS: Me, undrafted? Yeah, that and the earth is shaped like a boomerang…how do you think it makes its way around the sun, haha. But if I became an undrafted FA, I do have a plan B. Hopefully, I do well in the Pro Bowl and a team needs a DC. I would strive to sign as a copper and just be a coach and just go from there. As for quit, I’m not sure what that is. I’m a fighter.

CC: If you have something you would like to add, you can certainly do so.

JS: If it seems like my story is all over the place, I do apologize. I have Aspergers on a minor scale so I tend to skydive off topic and have 4 conversations at once with the same person or group…

CC: Thanks for this interview.

JS: Thanks for the time, it’s been amazing being able to share. A little too much, but share nonetheless.

There you have it. Jonny Savage, a young, confident, hard-working man. A good guy who’s had struggles. Jonny is fighting hard to become an SFL hopeful. Hopefully he accomplishes his goal, however he is fully aware that his journey does not end here. Happy trails Jonny and may your ‘Journey To The SFL’ be a glorious start. I wish you great success in this league.

This is Christopher Colon signing off. Tune in next time for the next rookie interview. Goodnight.