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Jason P. Skoda is a reporter at the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Reach him at (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com

Posted: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 5:00 pm | Updated: 4:11 pm, Thu Oct 25, 2012.

Let me first start this by saying my first conversation with Jason Taylor was an argument.

I was a commissioner of fantasy football league. We had someone drop out at the last second. Taylor was a friend of a friend who was a football fanatic.

So here he was drafting a team over the phone for a league he had no clue as to what the rules where. Just taking name after name, securing one of the better teams in the league.

Later once he got a chance to look at the rules for the league, Taylor called me up and when I picked up the phone he was in mid-sentence complaining about the rules.

I didn't know this foolish fool and here we were arguing, even yelling at each other to a point and we hadn't even met.

A few weeks later whne we finally met face-to-face he wouldn't give up on trying to get some of the rules changed.

It was classic JT.

He was standing behind what he believed in, trying to make things better and most of all never quitting.

It is those same standards that got Jason through something that would have ended most people's lives. The Glendale resident was at bar in March, made a comment to the wrong person and was shot in the back of the head.

He never should have made it, but he did.

One of the first things he communicated once he was out of surgery and recovery process began was the fact that his bill for his Cardinals season tickets was due.

Now fast forward to this Thursday.

My buddy JT is being bestowed with the honor of representing the Cardinals at the Saints-Packers game at Lambeau Field at the season opener in Wisconsin.

The NFL is unveiling some sort of flag that includes every logo from the league. Each franchise had to send someone to represent their team. The Cardinals chose JT.

His story has been recounted by the Arizona Republic - http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/PaolaBoivin/126702 - and several of the local news stations. People have been very giving in helping JT comeback from this. There have been charity poker tournaments, car washes and donations.

All of it has been so generous and unforeseen.

Especially the gesture by the Cardinals. They have made him part of the Cardinal family even if it is only for a short period. He lives for football and they are giving him something he will never forget.

Once he gets back I look forward to talking to him about his experience and within that conversation I just might find away to start an argument.

Just because I can.

Contact writer at (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

 

 

 

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