Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mickey Tsuruta is officially "Pro-Ready"

Mickey Tsuruta is officially "Pro-Ready"

By Jason Scott
The Daily Magi
December 22, 2036


Over the course of the season, the Hornet, Mickey Tsuruta, has amassed 74 tackles, 10 TFL, 28 assisted tackles, two sacks, seven forced fumbles and a touchdown and has led the country in interceptions.

So when he was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award, it was as if a huge weight had been lifted off his shoulders.

"I was at the Awards Show with my mom Himeko, my wife Sheryl, my daughter Ann, Coach [Tatsuya] Kaname and a number of my teammates," said Mickey at an interview at Hakurei Centre. "When I heard that I had won the Award, I let out a roar, hugged my mom, gave my wife and my daughter a kiss, group-hugged my teammates, and got on the stage to accept my award.

"My speech went something like this: Oh man. Well, this honor is something that is reserved to the finest defensive backs in all of college football, and it's an honor to be in this elite company. I have a lot of people to thank: my mothers Himeko and Mairu, my wife Sheryl and my two-year old daughter Ann, Coach Kaname and the coaching staff, my good friend Jojo who won this before, Fuutarou and the rest of the secondary, everyone on the best team in all of college football, the student body of Madoka, the boosters, and most importantly, the fans.

"On behalf of everyone that I am with and everyone I love to death, I am proud to accept the Jim Thorpe Award. Thank you all."

Tsuruta had tears in his eyes as he carried his trophy back to his seat, but the smile on his face was inerasable.

"I showed the trophy to my mom, and she was like, is that Jim Thorpe? I said, that's him standing, yep. Ann was touching the trophy and was giggling. Jim, Jim, she said. My daughter is learning a lot of words in English, French and Japanese. Actually, she is sounding like Mama Himeko now. Well, now she's a grandma."

Tsuruta knows that his stock took a big rise after winning the Thorpe and can't wait to get started playing at the next level.

"Man, I know that a number of teams are trying to tank their seasons just to get my services," Tsuruta added. "They don't really have to do that; they can just do some trades, but I would like to prove myself against the veterans in the NFL so I want to use the National Championship Game as an audition to showcase what I can do in the pros."

The Mitakihara Magi face the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Fla.

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