It’s clear in all available areas of social media and everyday life that people approach being an NFL fan in different ways and on different levels. One such knowledgeable diehard goes by the name/moniker of Chuck Knoxx.
Warning: Video is NSFW.
Every fanatic of the New York Football Giants has their story of origin and Chuck isn’t any different. He grew up in the state of Michigan, surrounded by family (seven uncles) that were fans of other NFL teams; mostly the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Many have an older brother or cousin that tried to persuade us to become a fan of their team; Chuck had one of those seven uncles always try to convince him to like "Americas Team," the Dallas Cowboys. Chuck’s reasoning for making his own decision is deserving of his direct quote.
“For whatever reason as a young kid it always made me upset; the star, the hole in the roof, everything. I grew up hearing lots of NFC East talk from this and you could probably trace my blue roots from there. I was fascinated with defense and in particular, linebackers. It was just a natural fit growing up in the late 80’s obsessed with 'LT' and Carl Banks,” he claims.
Chuck “Knoxx” Jackson (the Knoxx nickname part evolved years ago as a young kid when he and friends discovered a Chuck Knox card during their trading of Topps and Pro Set football cards; it stuck from there) is a bit of a rare breed Giants fan — always seeing the positive side. He attributes much of that to growing up during the evolution of technology. As mentioned, he grew up in Michigan — making him come to appreciate his team of choice even more.
It is quite different being a fan of a team in an area where it’s rare to find a fellow fanatic like yourself, much less be able to watch your team in an area “drowned out by NFC and AFC North teams.” Many of us couldn’t imagine an NFL season where we could see “only a handful of games” or “living off of the ticker and AM stations.” Now, most out-of-area fans survive on the NFL Network and the NFL Ticket, so when one goes from not having that “live action,” well, that’s where the appreciation comes into perspective. This perspective also placed Chuck into a “never believe in saying die” outlook.
“If you suffered through the post-Simms era of Giants quarterbacks, you already know how amazing it feels to know when #10 is behind center, we are never out of a game until the lights go out. This entire franchise has always been about perseverance in the face of adversity. No further evidence of that than the final 2:37 seconds of Super Bowl 42," he said.
Chuck answered the query as to what prompted him to make his inspiring videos. The answer was more of a “Whom?” He claims that his son always got great laughs from hearing his father watch Giants games in the other room. Apparently, some of us aren’t alone in the fact that we act like a complete maniac before, during and after New York Giants games. Also, like many of us admit, he states that most people stay out of the actual room with me due to the intensity, passion and language. Not all “get it.” Now, back to the what, when and whom…
Over the course of the superior run of 2011, his son (as well as others) suggested something: simply recording his initial reactions to the games leading up to the playoffs run (which started against the Jets in week 16) — here is an audiovisual (NSFW … at all). He states that he “just yelled a few ridiculous thoughts as the game was ending and that literally evolved from there to the presentation that you see now.” He also knew that he wanted to be different.
Chuck Jackson would love (besides to continue to amp up fellow fans) to hopefully someday have his videos (cleaner versions) played on the HD screens at MetLife Stadium, pregame. He feels that fans “can recognize when someone, maybe is making something because it’s their job, as opposed to something created from an extremely passionate place. Someone that would make the content they themselves would want to see.”
Although his body of work is becoming more acknowledged, he remains that humble fan.
“I enjoy content put out from the Giants thoroughly…I am humbled and honored anytime any player or rep from the Giants organization has tweeted or acknowledged my work. You can't register that gratification. When you put everything you got into something in hopes that it lights that same spark in people, it’s just an amazing feeling. I love to make this team, this franchise and this fan base look the best. No matter if the Giants ever showed a single video of mine I would still be putting out the most passionate content for the best team in the world. If any video I put out gets you ready to rise up, then always be ready to get back up when we're knocked down. I appreciate all of the big blue support and win or lose I'll still be putting out my Giants pride for this team,” he shared in an email.
As we all prepare for opening day of Big Blue’s 2013 NFL season, this may very well have been a way to start it — even if we now have to wait until 8:30PM EST.
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