For those fans there were around back in 1999, you’ll remember a brash, flashy and at times cocky, NCAA record holder coming straight out of Syracuse University with all the accolades anyone can imagine. Picked by the Rochester Knighthawks, Casey Powell came in with the expectations that any first overall draft pick would have but this time, it was a little different. Powell was tagged as the best American playing the game of lacrosse at that time, maybe ever, and he was going to come into the National Lacrosse League and revolutionize the game and prove once and for all that Americans can handle playing inside the box.
In his first two years, Powell had a giant bulls-eye on his front and back, was targeted by every defender around the league and took a beating every night as teams tried to bully him out of the game. Those were some tough times for Powell and he realizes now, that back then he wasn’t a good team-mate but those memories and experiences really helped him grow.
Fast forward 13 years later, Powell has become arguably the best American to play indoor lacrosse, the only American born player to win the NLL MVP trophy and he’s grown his personal brand coast to coast- but there’s still hunger in the 36 year old’s body and an opportunity to end his indoor career where he started it, was too good to pass up.
Coming to you all the way from Boca Raton, Florida, it’s the first installment of the OTCB Podcast and there are many more to come as we get ready for the 2013 NLL season.
There’s been plenty of talk about the last time Powell was in the NLL and how the three headed monster of the Boston Blazers (Powell, Dan Dawson and Josh Sanderson) didn’t work as there was only one ball and those three super-stars were unable to work together. Now that talk is shifting towards the Rochester Knighthawks and how Powell will be able to coexist along side Cody Jamieson in 2013. Powell realizes “this is [Jammer's] team and I’m not coming in to disrupt that, I just want to help contribute and work towards bringing another title to Rochester.”
Along with the addition of Powell, K-Hawk fans are anxiously awaiting to see if Curt Styres can get Paul Rabil in the Purple and Teal. Rabil, the heir apparent for Powell’s top American throne, was traded to Rochester a couple months back but nobody has heard from him since then. According to Powell, he has reached out to Rabil and expressed interest in teaming up in 2013.
But it’s not just playing indoors that Powell is focused on as he’s the current Director of Lacrosse at the St. Andrews School in Florida and growing the game has become a huge part of his daily routine and he’s doing an incredible job breeding the next generation of American lacrosse players.
Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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