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Hastings' NFL Football Fans Following Frantic Free Agent Signings

Isaac Garson and Seth Garson, Hastings Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Norm Miller, Yonkers. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Rob Forcelli, Yonkers Photo Credit: Contributed/Rob Forcelli
Zach Smart, Hastings Photo Credit: Contributed/Zach Smart

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Former New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis has moved to the hated New England Patriots and New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks may be headed to the Carolina Panthers as the National Football League free agency signing period consumes local fans this week.

Father and son Isaac Garson and Seth Garson of Slices Pizza in Hastings-On-Hudson see free agent movement as part of fan life.

"Football careers are shorter, so the players have to go where the money is," Seth Garson said. "I think all the movement is interesting to see who goes where."

Norm Miller, a former Dobbs Ferry basketball player from Yonkers, supports players making big money.

"Free agency is food for the players if not for the fans who have favorites," Miller said. "I'm a Giants fan and we need to fill some spots. Football players have short careers -- maybe three good years for running backs -- so they have to get the money when they can."

Zach Smart of Hastings said fans follow all of the intricacies of free agency.

"I think fans, and most notably loyal fans, generally care about the moves their teams make," Smart said. "There is generally a level of excitement regarding free agency. Look at how wild this city went when Lebron James was on the menu and the Knicks were being considered. The entire city was trying to lure him in and woo him with the title of 'King Of New York.' Free agency is the same beast, the fanfare is increased and a landing a sought-after player via free agency always brings a new level of excitement."

Yonkers' Rob Forcelli said fans have trouble supporting players who come and go each season.

"I dislike it tremendously," Forcelli said. "Even though your team can build in stature, it's tough to become loyal to a favorite player who may/will be playing somewhere else soon."

Troy Lumpkin of Tuckahoe said he wishes his Giants would make the right moves or none at all.

"I do not like to see free agents move the way they do," Lumpkin said. "I think I feel that way especially because I see the Giants make moves every year that I feel are questionable at best. In all honesty though, even if they made good pick ups I don't like all of the moves and movement."

And for Isaac Garson, the games are still the main attraction.

"I think fans just jump on the next star that comes and they back the team," Garson said. "Players come and go. Even great players like Derek Jeter retire and we wait for next player to take his place."

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