Oftentimes, I get so wrapped up in the season that all I tend to focus on is football. For this entry, I’d like to give you guys something else.
As some of you may know, my brother Jordan is on the Bengals this season. It’s the first time in our lives that we’ve been on the same team. If you didn’t know, my brother was a great quarterback at UTEP. He was drafted by the Redskins, bounced around to a couple of teams and now he’s found a home here with us. People often confuse us for each other because we look a lot alike. But no matter how much we look alike, Jordan is his own man.
Like most big brothers, I’m proud of how hard Jordan has worked to get to where he is right now. I think, through much of his football career, he has had a lot of pressure on him and he’s always been unfairly judged because of some of my successes. He’s used to it though and I’ve always been proud of the way he’s handled the situation. And that’s something that I respect about him.
I remember when he was first entering the NFL, he got advice from as many “younger brothers” as possible (i.e. Eli Manning, Tim Hasselbeck, Koy Detmer) and I thought he was wise beyond his years for doing it. He never fights the fact that we’re brothers and he does a great job helping me in my career as much as I try to help him in his. Plus, it’s great having one of my best friends around whenever I want to just hang out or be comfortable with someone who knows me better than just about anyone. If any of you out there have ever worked with your sibling, comment on this blog and tell me a little bit about it. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Hopefully, they’ve been as great as mine.
As for football, we’re fighting through a tough patch right now. From the injuries to the tough losses to just not playing well, this season hasn’t started out like we anticipated. However, we’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to try and get this thing right. I hope you guys stick with us.
We have some road games coming up over the next few weeks and I’d love to get some recommendations from the frequent fliers out there. We play in New York this weekend and then in Jacksonville two weeks after that. Typically, when we’re on the road we are on our own to grab dinner the night before the game.
Does anyone know anywhere good to eat in New York or Jacksonville? I’ve been in Il Mulino in New York and loved it but Italian might be a little heavy this time around. Any thoughts? And the only time I’ve been to Jacksonville was for the Super Bowl a couple of years ago and that was just organized chaos so I don’t remember much! Any thoughts would be great!
I hope you are all well out there. If you’re a Bengals fan, keep rooting for us. If you’re not, root for us unless we’re playing your team!
Carson Palmer is the Quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and a frequent Delta flier.