Ricky Dobbs Blog
April 23, 2009
The spring game did not end up like I would have liked, even though there were a lot of good things that happened. On my last play, I suffered a mild ankle sprain. Before I got hurt, I felt like we were moving the ball well except for the times we shot ourselves in the foot. The defense was very stubborn, but we were fighting for every yard. In the two drives I directed we scored two field goals. My team also got touchdowns from Kriss Proctor and Chris Hill.
Congratulations to Tyler Simmons for winning the Admiral Mack Award, which is given to the most improved player during spring drills. I think he played great this spring and I want him to know that I was never mad at him for hitting me late in our first scrimmage. He apologized at least 20 times to me. I think when coached ran across the field and yelled at him it made him feel bad, but it's all part of the game.
The International Ball was quite an experience, one that I will never forget. This was my first time performing a planned dance routine in front of a crowd of that size. I was so nervous before going on stage, I was afraid I wouldn't remember all the steps. But just before we went out, my partner Gyssell Mazo said to me, "I am very happy to have you as my partner; I could not have picked a better person. So ignore the crowd, it's just me and you. Let's go have fun!" Those words lit a flame in me, and the performance was by far the best showing we had all semester. I want to thank Ebony Pierre for inviting me to be a part of the dance group, because without her I would never have gotten to take part in such a great event.
On Tuesday, the team went to the White House and met the President. It was a special moment for me, because I had always dreamed of being the first black President of the United States, but I can't think of a better person to be first than President Obama. I would be honored to be the second black President. I definitely want to go back there the next two years and I hope President Obama remembers me. Just in case he doesn't I signed the helmet he received as a gift five times (one for every angle) so every time he looks at the helmet he will see my name.