I first got word about the tailgate event from Angi Boselli. I ran into her at the nail salon at the beach back in October. We started chatting and it was great to see her as the last time I had was a fashion show event she had coordinated with Danielle Brehm back in 2017. Still as gorgeous as ever, and was excited to tell me about what her kids were into, and the latest at the foundation. Probably the weirdest thing was that about 30 minutes before I saw Angi, I had emailed the foundation site looking for news or ideas for new events.
Event proceeds are all put back into the Jacksonville community to help kids. With this particular event, Tony mentioned that a program was created to help teens and young adults transition from detention centers. I’m glad that there are programs to help youth nowadays. Some kids may not have guidance. The retired athletes in our community want to help kids and young adults stay out of trouble, and move forward with a productive life.
I left the beach on Sunday for the event around 9. I know the lady at the church I attend must’ve thought I was a crazy bird by pulling into the parking lot of PVPC to drop off a check for the food pantry only to leave without attending service. I was in leopard tights and a t-shirt, not my normal business suit or dress attire for church, and I knew I wasn’t staying for church, but still wanted to drop money off for the Thanksgiving mission work. The church I am a member of wouldn’t have cared what I wore, but I didn’t want to be late for the tailgate, and couldn’t do both church and football, so I told them I’d see them soon. The church has sermons available on YouTube, if you’re interested.
The day couldn’t have been better for sunny skies or temps. It was a perfect day, where the whole week it had been raining. I had my scan code to enter the event. There were two sides, VIP and general. Both sides were very well catered with a friendly staff and all excited to be there. A vast variety of soft drinks, beers, water, cakes and cookies from Cinotti’s, and chicken from Bono’s. The food was all fabulous.
Angi got on stage and introduced some singers and performers, and said how happy she was to see everyone there. She mentioned too, that all the money the foundation raised went back into Jacksonville.
In between songs and chatting with my table mates at the picnic table, I went by the booth at 904Photo. It was great to chat, and they snapped a pic. I did their scan code with a 5.00 donation to get my pic. Others were standing with their kids, some had fun outfits on, and others were fully decked in Jaguars attire.
I opted to wear my leopard style tights by Rogiani. Elisabetta Rogiani is an Italian couture fitness clothing designer in Los Angeles. I sent her my measurements for the tights, and ordered the black top to match. (If you want to order any color, check out rogiani.com, and you can custom make your own pair. Use code “BethAdair” in the coupon box for 15% off, including sale items.). I met Elisabetta 10+ years ago through another “fit model” out west. Elisabetta works with a lot of magazines and even if you aren’t doing a photo shoot, she’s still great with advice. In the fitness world, she’s an asset. If you do fitness, figure or bikini fitness contests, & is your lady for getting a photo shoot wardrobe. I’m not ready to compete, but have hit the weight room for nearly 30 years. Maybe later I’ll compete.
Probably the funnest thing about the Boselli event was that Tony, and his former teammates, chatted on their days of being in the Jaguars locker room. The guys all congratulated Tony on his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame, and they agreed Fred Taylor should be next. I agree, as I do remember Fred had pulled his hamstrings but still showed up to play. He still did completions on the field. Back then, I was married to a man with 3 sons & a daughter who were athletic and all enthusiastic about football. They could tell you where most players started, who draft picks were and where they were going in the pros. We all used to get frustrated at the Jags offensive line when Brunnell was QB, as he kept getting sacked one year. Given in ‘03 I had pulled my hamstrings doing speed work on a treadmill, I knew what pulled hamstring pain felt like. It was like fire on the back of your legs, that slowed your pace down against the wishes of what your mind wanted to do. Sheer frustration at its best. I even told my stepson Anthony (in ‘03) that I may have to pull out of the marathon and his response was, “no, just tape up your legs”. So entertaining , & this was coming from a young 20 something PA native who was enthusiastic about Penn State, the Jaguars, & he himself regularly hit the gym doing his own fitness plan of sometimes doing 1,000 ab reps, or using an ab roller, various other weight routines, bench pressing over 250 lbs with a goal of 300. Sympathy level from kids and most fans back then was probably “just tape it up”, and back then, Fred was still “showing up”.
I remember I wasn’t happy seeing Taylor go up to New England, and given they already had Moss, I knew they’d have a good team. I knew it would be a good year for the Pats. Oh those days, of Moss & Owens and their constant debates, you just had to love it. One thing too about Owens, he was a receiver that could “grab and pull”, and go. What I mean by “grab and pull” is if the ball was almost out of reach, he’d somehow put his hands on the ball, and pull it in. It’s why I get frustrated if a pass is within receivers reach and gets dropped, or missed. Other players have set the bar “way” high. No way I could’ve been a pro, no way.
At any rate, Fred deserves the Hall of Fame induction. All the the years I heard about Fred, or watched him run, I had never actually met him in person. Back in 2011, I worked a photo shoot in Jacksonville with the late Paul Figura. On that particular shoot, Paul chatted about his kids, and about how fun it was to work with Fred Taylor. When I met Fred this year, (for about 4 seconds and a quick selfie), I told him this about Paul. Fred’s response was “Paul was my guy”. So fun to hear him say that, and Paul was one of Jacksonville’s best photographers. I am lucky I worked with him, too. I went to Paul’s celebration of life (he died of a hemorrhagic stroke in his 50’s). His kids & brother shared lotsa fun things about him & Paul sure had a ball.
After a few more chats with some strangers, I meandered back to my car to drop off a few things before going in the stadium. I was lucky to have found a single ticket online and my seat was perfect. The seat mates around me were mostly men, and it was funny to get their insight.
The Jaguars won. It was a great drive home.
For information on future developments with the Boselli Foundation, check bosellifoundation.com. They’ll be glad to have you there.
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