McIntyre heads to New Orleans for AFL Championship
By Paul Andrew
Tribune staff writer
When the San Jose SaberCats board their plane for New Orleans to participate in Arena Bowl XXI, former South Tahoe High lineman Garrett McIntyre will be with the team.
After suffering a high-ankle sprain in the beginning of the season, McIntyre was put on injured reserve, so isn’t sure if he’ll play in the championship, but views Arena Football as a big part of his immediate future.
“I have a three-year contract, so I plan on returning and playing more for San Jose next season,” McIntyre said. “It’s a great team that always gets into the playoffs and expects to win, so why wouldn’t I come back?”
“I like the AFL. It’s an exciting game with a lot of scoring and is on an upswing,” McIntyre added. “With a new contract on ESPN, we’re getting a lot of exposure. I also really like getting paid for playing a game I love.
“This year reminds me of my freshman year in college, with so many experienced players. This is a great team with a lot of great players.”
McIntyre, who plays defensive line and special teams, had the thrill of scoring a touchdown earlier in the season.
“It bounced off another player and I was there to catch it.” McIntyre said. “I hadn’t scored since high school, so it was a thrill.”
Regardless of whether he plays this weekend or not, McIntyre will be soon returning to Tahoe.
“I’m going to be doing construction for my father, (Bob McIntyre), working out and lifting weights to get ready for next season. I was a construction major, so that is what I want to get into. I love Tahoe and want to eventually live there.”
McIntyre has an interest in contributing to his high school alma mater.
“I also want to help out with the South Tahoe football program,” McIntyre said. “Chris (Morgan) was the best coach I had there, so I want to give back.”
McIntyre misses the excitement of college football that he experienced during his playing days at Fresno State.
“College is the best days of your life, so I do miss it,” he said. “I think Fresno State will rebound this year and am excited to be able to see them play in the fall.”
If the San Jose SaberCats hoist the championship trophy Sunday afternoon, a South Shore athlete will own a piece of it.