Hey there Stealth fans,
My name is Paul Rabil and I’m a first year guy at this awesome franchise in San Jose. I’ll warn you, this first blog, be it disastrous and disorganized, but slightly informative, will hopefully leave you wanting to come back for more…my background blog.
Graduated in May from Johns Hopkins where I was fortunate enough to play for very talented teams, as a midfielder, for four straight years of my life. My sophomore and junior years we won the Division 1 National Championship, and this past Spring we made it all the way back, but lost to Syracuse in the finals. We always had great games and rivals with the boys up north and this past championship was another great battle…
After graduating I played a season in the MLL for the Boston Cannons. The Cannons have a great ownership and management team and playing for them and their many fans at Harvard Stadium was a great experience…About 4 months ago I competed with a bunch of other college grads and undergrads at the NLL Combine where I got to play and experience some valuable box play. Now mind you, before I have had the opportunity to play, I always kept tabs on the league because of the excitement, energy and crowd experiences that are so unique. To be able to play in arenas like the HP Pavilion in front of thousands of fans is a dream come true for any aspiring pro athlete…Anyways, the combine was a great success for everyone involved. We played at the Boston Garden, had a couple practices, sweated a bunch, and played a game in front of all the coaches and GM’s of the NLL. Pretty nerve racking, but the players there were all excited to be there, kept a friendly face on, and laughed a lot. Fortunately enough for me, I was drafted second overall and have experienced nothing but positive vibes from players and management at San Jose. I’ll say, having the opportunity to play with guys like Colin Doyle and Jeff Z is awesome…they’ve been great thus far and I’m looking forward to more.
The traveling experience for me, however, can be pretty difficult as I am commuting to games from the East Coast. Whether it’s a blessing in disguise or not, I have a few jobs right now in the lacrosse world and real estate. I guess I am trying to stay on top of the business game and continuing to maintain my athletic goals in lacrosse at the same time. That’s my hectic schedule in a nutshell. What’s most important to me? Athletics. Plain and simple, and that’s why I am making this commitment to the Stealth on the West Coast. What it comes down to, basically, is that I just turned 23 in December, and what I have planned for my life in the near or far future is uncertain. All I have is a desire to succeed and an extra burning desire to continue to play the sport that I love.
Anyways, I threw a whole lot at ya in a few paragraphs. Pardon me if it’s a bit disorganized. I’ll be keeping a weekly blog with the Stealth throughout the season, documenting what it’s like playing in this great, fast-paced league both on and off the floor. I got back from training camp into Washington DC last night and am hitting the grind full speed today. I’ll be sure to write and video blog so we can get to know each other and form some good bonds between the Stealth fans, organization and players.