Fans young and old meet Senior Bowl players

family tradition

How long would you stand in line to get an autograph?

Hundreds lined up to do just that at Mobile’s Convention Center in downtown Mobile Friday, January 24, where the Senior Bowl players were taking pictures and giving out signatures.

“I just want to get some autographs watch the game and hope the North wins,” said a kid who was waiting in line for autographs.

Some came out to see the players they’ve been watching since the football stars was in high school.

“You’ve got people that you played against, like Kevin Norwood played at D’Iberville High School against my oldest son,” said Matt Taylor.

Taylor has been coming to the Senior Bowl Meet the Players event for 24 years. He started bringing his eldest son 15 years ago, and you better believe it’s a family tradition.

“It gives your children something to aspire to. They both played football and so they watch it. Gives them something to look forward to,” Taylor said.

Over time they’ve collected and seen a lot of autographed items.

“I’ve seen clothing singed; I’ve seen some guys sign the wrong helmet. I saw an Ole Miss Player sign a Mississippi State helmet by accident,” Taylor said, chuckling.

Recently, he’s been letting his kids wait in line while he rests. He’s on kidney dialysis and needs a kidney transplant, so coming to the event is a little harder than in the past.

“I was at the Mayo Clinic before Christmas, and my next stop is John Hopkins in Baltimore,” he said Taylor.

Every year, the Meet the Players event is something Taylor looks forward to and you can bet he’ll be there next year, for year 25.

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