So Long Nick


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Yesterday, we were privileged enough to be in the stands for Nick Millington’s last game as a Railhawk. It was announced earlier in the day that he was retiring in order to pursue other non soccer related activities. I was able to speak to him for just a few minutes after the game and my opinion of him did not change. I have always thought of him as being a gentleman. From his gentle smile and friendly demeanor he has always been one of those gentle giants on the field. One of the good guys that you can point out to your kids and say what a great model he is.

Even last year, when he was not playing in a game he was still sitting in the stands with a soccer ball under one of his feet.

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I was sadden that he sat on the bench during the game on Saturday night not able to log minutes in his last game as a Railhawk, but then I thought that is what Nick is all about. Maybe he only announced his retirement that day was because he did not want a lot of fanfare. But I can say for one, my family and I will miss seeing him on the soccer pitch.

In our brief conversation, I asked him if he was sticking around the area and he said yes he was. But he would be like us watching the game from the stands.

So, so long gentle giant with the quick smile whose sportsmanship  and class will follow you wherever you go. As a parent I want to thank you for being a positive role model for our children and as a fan, I want to thank you for being so gracious with your fans accommodating their requests whenever you could.

Good Luck in your future endeavors and hope to see you in the stands cheering for the Railhawks real soon.

Here are a few pictures that we were able to snap with him throughout the past 2 years.

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Last year at the end of the season.

Farewell Nick and Girls

Saturday night after his last Game as Railhawk

Farewell Nick and I

And finally I had to get a picture with Nick. Don’t you just love that smile. Once again thank you Nick for being a player that was so inspiring. Good Luck in your future endeavors.

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  1. Good luck to him!! Such a talented kid and great to hear that he’s also a gentleman. I wish him the best.

  2. How great you were able to get a picture with him. I wish him luck in whatever he chooses to do.

  3. I imagine it is so bittersweet to retire from something you love. I’m glad you got to interview him, that’s pretty awesome.

  4. Nick sounds like a really great guy and I’m glad you got to spend some time with him over the years. Good luck Nick in whatever you decide to do.

  5. Good luck Nick! Would you believe I have never had season tickets for anything?

  6. Really nice that you was able to get pictures with him.I had never heard of him before coming here.

  7. Sounds like he had a great run on the team and I am sure he will be on to even bigger and better things in the future 🙂

  8. Great to meet another soccer fan! I wish we had an MLS (or even a lesser league) where we are, but no such luck…

  9. Wow he is fairly young to retire. I also never heard of him as well but good for him in following his heart and hope the best in his future endevours.

  10. What a great tribute! He must have made quite impression on you and I love that when athletes do that. Best of luck to him in whatever avenues he pursues.

  11. Awe, so nice that you were able to be there for his last game and get some pics! Looks like you all had a great time!

  12. How wonderful you got to get to know Nick over the years. I hope he has a successful future ahead of him. He sounds like a real genuine guy!

  13. Best of luck to him. he had a great run! It is great that you guys got to be there for his last game

  14. I’m so glad he provided you all with so much entertainment while he was playing! Hopefully you’ll find another player you like as much.

  15. I haven’t really watched much soccer in my time, but my daughter used to play. I like how you talk about how much of a gentleman he was, it’s nice to see that there are still a few out there who didn’t let fame go to their head! I bet he will do well and go far in life.

  16. Looks like you guys had lots of nice family time going to these sporting events. I too hope that he does well in the future. God bless you all! 🙂

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