With your passing it was even more important that we make our planned trip to Green Bay to watch the Colts play the Packers for Chris's birthday. Just like when you and Chris were kids, we all had birthday treat bags - filled with ALLEN jerseys, ALLEN highball glasses, Colts legos and Destiny Legos! You were everywhere. Chris, Garrett, JB and I wore your ALLEN jerseys. Which must have inspired TE Dwayne ALLEN who had a great game for the Colts. We will explain to him later that his jersey number just happens to be the year of your birth too.
You sent us quite the omen on the game's kick off as the Colts ran it back for a 99 yard touchdown!! And thanks too for bringing the squirrel who ran on and off the field throughout the game to the delight of 80,000 fans and the annoyance of Aaron Rodgers. One tradition in Lambeau Field is to play the polka classic "Roll Out The Barrel" during 4th quarter. By then the squirrel was the fan's rock star and so your brother adapted the song to "Roll Out The Squirrel". Some nearby fans took slight offense but I think mainly because the Packers were LOSING to the Colts in Green Bay! First time for that victory in decades. Yippee.
It was a wonderful football and family experience but we missed you so much. We sat in the stands long after the game and shed tears. We think of you everyday and place you by our side in everything we do. We love you and miss you always. Dad