I was watching the 49ers/Saints game last night and a thought occurred to me, which inspired this post. As a fan of the Utah Utes, I was so happy for Alex Smith. I tweeted out "If you are a Ute fan, you should be going crazy for Alex Smith right now." Then I thought...."Unless you are a Utes fan, who also happens to be a Saints fan.......then that just sucks."
It's an interesting dynamic between college and pro sports. We all have our favorite college teams and we grow close to the guys who put on that uniform. For a few lucky ones, they get to go on to the NFL. Here, they don't have a choice of where they play, they get drafted by a team (unless you have the last name Manning). A lot of college football fans naturally have a favorite NFL team, it's just how it works.
This is where it is so interesting to me. What happens when one of your players from your local college team ends up on a rival of your favorite NFL team? Do you still cheer for them? Do you severe ties and disown them?
For me, its easy. I don't have an NFL team. I severed ties with my team, but no one really cares about my history so why bring it up. I just cheer for the former Utes who are in the NFL. But I want to know how you feel about your former players. Comments are appreciated, thanks!