As I’m sitting here reflecting on my time with the club, my mind is racing. There are so many incredible memories and moments that I’ve gotten to experience that it’s hard to really put into words what it has been like. Since the announcement on Monday, there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support and congratulations from so many different people and it has meant the world to me. Each and every message is a constant reminder of how special this team is and the people who support it and I can’t wait to represent the club on the field one last time.
I feel very lucky and blessed to have been able to put together the career that I’ve had. To finish my career with the achievements and numbers I’ve put up would be great regardless of where it occurred, but to do it in my hometown, in Sacramento, makes it go beyond anything I could have ever imagined. This city and team has always embraced every player that has worn the crest with open arms, but I always felt that it was a little bit stronger and a little bit more special for me because I truly belong to this city and the fans never ever let me feel any differently. The fans are the lifeblood of this club and have been one of the driving forces behind the success of my career. For this I will be forever grateful and couldn’t be happier that we got to experience it all together.
I’m not quite sure what to expect tonight. At this point in my career I don’t get very nervous for games, but this is a completely different feeling than anything I’ve ever felt. All I know is that the stadium will be rocking, the TBB will be singing and we will go out and give our all to get a win just like we always do, but when that final whistle blows it will be different. I’ll be sad, excited, scared, happy; I’ll be pretty much every emotion you can think of. But I’m glad I get to share it with you; I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I am going to do my best to soak up every single moment tonight because I know I will miss all of it once it’s over. I’ll miss the guys in the locker room and cracking jokes with them every day. I’ll miss the competition and the satisfaction of a hard fought win. I’ll miss the feeling of hitting the net and the celebrations that follow. And most of all I’ll miss the fans cheering me on and pushing me to give more even when my legs feel like they have nothing left.
Tonight is the last time you’ll see me on the field, but it is far from the last time you’ll see me. Sacramento will continue to be my home as it always has been. I will continue to be a part of this team and this community as much as I can and will be at plenty of home games to help the boys feel the same support I have felt all these years. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this club and I plan on having a front row seat.
Thank you, Sacramento. For everything. I came back here as a kid fresh out of college and you’ve helped me grow into a man. You’ve done so much to shape who am as a person and have helped me create a life that I am incredibly proud of.
Now let’s go out with a bang.