Toronto Rock's Colin Doyle ranks with the best
Doyle's career is a testament to three things all professional athletes aspire to: longevity, individual productivity and team success. I asked him which of the three he's most proud of.
"To be honest, I'm proud of them all. Longevity speaks to mental and physical toughness and the ability to change with the times. Individual productivity is important simply because as an offensive player, my job is to produce," Doyle said.
"But to me, the most important one is team success. Lacrosse is a team sport and no matter what, the goal in team sports is to win."
And win he has. In addition to those six NLL rings, Doyle has been part of four World Championships for TeamTeam wholesale jerseys Steelers cheap
Canada: three for indoor lacrosse (2003, 2007 and 2011) and one for field lacrosse (2006).
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I asked Doyle, a 17 year veteran, if the league has changed much over the years.
"Pro lacrosse, as we know it now, has changed drastically from when I started. The players today are bigger, stronger and faster than they were when I began. Most of them have played at college or university and are more committed to training," he said.
"The professionalism of both coaches and players is at a higher level nowadays and it shows in the product we put out on the floor."
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how the Rock's most revered player feels about the coverage the team gets.
"This is the age old question of the NLL. I think we should get more, but I'm also in tune with reality," he said.
"Reality tells me, we are not the Leafs, Raptors or Jays we are the Rock. The pro sport landscape we deal in is much different than those teams we share thethe Steelers jerseys china
city with. The media gets that and has done a nice job carving out what they can for us.
"Having said that, I believe with greater exposure we can take the next step. Pro lacrosse is a great spectator sport with incredibly skilled athletes moving at incredible speeds. In the future, I'd love to live in a world where lacrosse became more mainstream."
In his online bio, Doyle cites Patrick Roy as the athlete he respects most outside of lacrosse. As a Habs fan, I felt compelled to ask him about his choice.
"Patrick Roy embodied things I thought would help me become successful. He was a fierce competitor who played his best when things mattered most. He was passionate aboutabout cheap authentic Steelers jerseys free shipping
what he did and prided himself on striving to be the best. Every day, I continue to adhere to those things, even this far into my career," Doyle said.
From my vantage point in the media gallery atop the ACC, it was easy for me to isolate on Doyle.
On one 30 second shift, he forced a turnover with a solid check, scooped up a loose ball, set a screen that picked off two opponents simultaneously and finished off by feathering a pinpoint pass through a crowd for a goal.