LEdwards@12NewsNow.com

When I was a kid growing up in Houston, eight or nine years old, I used to watch sports on TV with my dad and after a big game, I would go outside and mock the announcers and replay the game as I remembered it by throwing a ball on a roof or shooting hoops on my goal.

The neighbors didn't always appreciate the reenactment of the 1994 Rice-Texas football game when Josh Larocca connected with Spencer George late in the 4th quarter to beat the Longhorns on the first ever live Sunday Night college football broadcast in ESPN history.

Rice University and guys I believed in like Larry Izzo, N.D. Kalu, and yes Ed Howard (the man who recovered the onside kick) snapped a 28-year losing streak to the University of Texas that night, and made me really pull for the underdog the rest of my life.

I wasn't smart enough to get into Rice, but I was driven to pursue my dream of becoming a sports journalist. So I chose the best Journalism School, The University of Missouri, and excelled as best as I could until reaching the anchor chair here at 12News. I've seen a ton of Mizzou football over the years, and I'm a Tiger for life. I love high school sports, college sports, then if I'm not worn out I'll catch some professional games. My favorite sporting event is no doubt March Madness followed by the College World Series, Texas UIL State Football championship weekend, and then the World Series or NBA Finals.

I love the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, St. Louis Cardinals, Missouri Tigers, Rice Owls, and of course my high school, the Strake Jesuit Fighting Crusaders. (I have nothing nice to say about Thomas or Pius)

For the last decade, my free time has been spent coaching junior high athletics at St. Anthony and St. Anne's Catholic Schools. Their hard work and success has helped me persevere through the darkest valleys in my life. Covering youth athletes and seeing their innocence and honest mistakes on a field or court is beyond refreshing to me, which is why I continue to report Lance's Little Legends each Sunday night.

I look forward to improving my skill set in the broadcast journalism spectrum while covering our Southeast Texas schools over the next few years. I hope we bring a ton of state championships back to the 409. It's an honor to report on amazing talent here in the Golden Triangle, and I really hope they all pan out and make it big one day, not only so I can cover them, but so they can give back to this community for years to come.