Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mr. Wonderful heads pack of seniors on Magia Day 2056

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Mr. Wonderful heads pack of seniors on Magia Day 2056

By Shinobu Kawanishi
The Daily Magi
November 6, 2056

Cornerback Gir Todafunk, known for his set of weekly columns on the Daily Magi, is a man with swagger and skill. One of college football's top secondary players, Todafunk will be honored with several other seniors as part of the Class of 2057 ahead of the Magia Day 2056 game between Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi and the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (kickoff: 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET, City, TVA Sports, ESPN, NHK, BBC) at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara Town, B.C.

"I'm not a person that wants to look back at what I did then, what I did in the past," Todafunk said in an interview at Your Silver Garden, part of the Madoka Gardens on campus. "I want to look at the future and what I can do to improve myself as a player and as a leader. Currently, I am wrapping up my business degree because I do have an ambition to follow in my father's footsteps at MetroTech, if my career player pro football doesn't work out.

"I will say this: it's been a blessing not only to play for the Best College Football Team in College Football, but also to write about the game and also about the adventures my mates and I have had these past few years. I'm had a great relationship with my wife, I'm now a father, and I've had to become more accountable for what I do. I used to be a happy-go-lucky type of person, but now the coaches have taught me to be more focused, more humble, more appreciative of what I have been privileged with at Madoka.

"And that's the thing: it's a privilege to be a part of this family, this long, extensive network of friends, classmates, alumni, staff, faculty, administration, boosters, and fans. It's one strong network that spans the globe. Here at this university, I'm treated like royalty because they know that I have the gift and I know I have the gift playing defense. To think that I could have been playing for West Point until that late push by the coaches and by my Dad, who is still an important part of my life.

"I think some players on my high school senior class have to be wondering why they elected to play somewhere else. I don't get why Gil Bodeans chose Penn State or why Frank [Bananarama] elected to play for Army. None of those schools have the talent we have. Seriously, none of them. None of them. I mean, we're so good, we could even win Super Bowl rings, and some of us will when we get drafted anyway. It's no secret.

"My hope, once I am finished being a student at this university, is that I become the best person I can be and take the lessons I had being a part of this school into the next phase of my life. To me, the journey does not end at Madoka. It goes on to the next step in my question for self-fulfillment. And it's a wonderful step to take."

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