The Houston Texans selected Johnsburg’s C.J. Fiedorowicz in the third round of the NFL draft. Sports editor Jon Styf and columnist Tom Musick discuss:
Musick: I should spend more time in bowling alleys. I spent my Friday night at Raymond’s Bowl in Johnsburg and I ended up seeing C.J. Fiedorowicz’s dream come true. Most of the buzz all night surrounded the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots, but nobody was complaining when the Houston Texans called his cell phone.
Styf: It was a cool video to watch, for those of us not there, and a huge moment in McHenry County sports. It was neat C.J. decided he wanted to share it with his family and friends here. You could just see how much it meant to him and everyone there. Genuine joy from everyone. This simply doesn’t happen that often here. Outside of Bryan Bulaga, we believe the last time someone local was drafted was Marian Central’s Chuck Hartlieb in 1989. He was a 12th-round pick, from Iowa, and went to Houston. Sound familiar?
Musick: Sounds very familiar. You’re right, the emotion and the joy was 100 percent genuine. It’s easy to become jaded sometimes when you hear about athletes getting in trouble or wasting their talents, but everything about this weekend was a reminder of how sports can be really cool. Just a few years ago, we were covering C.J.’s local games with the Skyhawks.
Styf: Well, you were. I was in Texas, not far from Houston, watching a team that was one of the best in the NFL. That fell apart, but they have a ton of pieces. And they could turn things around quickly, if they ever find a quarterback. Now, it’s me who will be staying and you heading off into the sunset. You haven’t told the readers yet, Tom, but this is your final Take 2. Your last time in the paper as part of our full-time staff. Your last time writing about C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Musick: Yes, it’s true. I won’t be going too far, and I’ll plan on coming back back on Friday nights during the fall to help cover high school football. I’ve had a blast working here, and I owe a big thank you to everyone who has made it so much fun. Most of all, thanks to the readers for putting up with me.
Styf: So humble, Tom. We’ll miss you. I’ll miss having someone to complain at. And I’ll especially miss having someone like you to push around every week in this space. Now, I’m going to put you on the spot. Think of whatever you write next as your last sentences as a member of the Northwest Herald sports staff. Pressure is on. What will you write?
Musick: I think I’ll quote E.T. “Beee goood.”