Meet the Diablos!

Pablo (aka Pan Dulce)
I always wanted to play sports but was afraid I wasn’t good enough. Joining the Diablos was one of the best things I could have done. Been with the team 4 years and counting!

I joined the Diablos as a means to meeting new people. The notion of a flag football team intrigued me and I thought it would be a great way to socialize with new people. I never imagined that 4 years later, I would be calling the guys and gals, on the Diablos, my family. The Diablos accepted me as a part of their family from the moment I stepped onto the practice field. We continue to do this with every new player that joins the team, whether it’s on a permanent basis or just a “one time” deal. The Diablos are so much more than a flag football team. From, BBQs to volleyball games, holiday parties, fundraisers, and even camping trips… we do it all together. I am glad I joined the team 4 years ago. I have seen the team’s skill-set grow, but more importantly, I have seen the team grow as a unit, a community and most importantly, a family.

I go by “Divon” or Diva #69 playing on the field. Firstly, I would like to let you know that I didn’t really know much about football.  I didn’t even like watching or playing football before either.  You may ask, why then I  joined the team? Well, for two simple reasons: my partner and I wanted to meet other gay people that aren’t all about drugs. Secondly was for me to prove to myself that I am not broken. Broken I say – because I fell in a two-feet-deep-hole that caused me to have a Tibial Plateau Fracture on my knee. I Was rush to the hospital and had immediate surgery. I couldn’t do much for myself after that. I had to use a walker to wobble around. I went to physical therapy to teach me how to walk and move my knee again. It was very painful and embarrassing being helpless while relying on everyone else.  I didn’t give up on walking again and sometimes questioned myself if I would end up walking with a limp. Seven screws and a metal plate later I was back on my feet with no help needed. I remember that first time in the ladies restroom at work pushing my walker away and walking slowly to it. It was a life changing experience for me.  Tears just fell down my face of accomplishment. That’s when I knew I had to push myself even more and I said why not keep me going and prove that this accident didn’t keep me down. Look for me on the field and see me run and have fun with my fellow team members. Overall were a wonderful variety of team players that love to have fun and enjoying playing the game.

“I love being physically active year round. When we are off season, we play volleyball, softball, or do just about anything else involving being outdoors or active. I also love the social aspects of the team. The pub crawls, the road trips, the random movie nights and dinner. What a cool group of guys and gals! When someone told me: “You shouldn’t be playing sports like that, you will get hurt.” My response was: You’re right. I won’t get a sprained ankle sitting on the couch eating potato chips. But I’d rather be outside and enjoying life while I can!

I just finished my first full season with the Diablos, and can honestly joining has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I joined because of my love for football, but stayed because of the friendships I have made.  Even though I was a newbie, I felt at home on day 1!  I have also become more involved in the GLBT community since joining; I take great pride in representing the team at various events.  I urge anyone that wants to come out to do so, you have nothing to lose and will meet a great group of people in the process!!!

I had grown up playing soccer my whole life and just watching football as a hobby. I played a little intramural flag football here and there in college, but that was it. After moving to San Antonio I returned to just watching football until I was introduced to the Diablos. I was hesitant to join the team at first because of my lack of football experience, but I quickly realized that it didn’t matter what my skill level was. The Diablos not only gave me a great and safe place to learn the game from a player’s perspective, but to also meet great individuals that I now call my friends. I am a very competitive person, and I look forward to meeting up every week to learn more, get better, and have fun with my friends!

I was just taking a break and thought that I would write some stuff down for those people who stumble upon the San Antonio Diablos page. The Diablos originally was a single team that participated in the National Gay Flag Football League and the Texas Gay Flag Football League. Since I have joined five years ago the team evolved into a very dynamic and influential athletic group and social club. I am often astounded by the personal accomplishments of the men and women of the teams in their personal lives, professional sectors, and as athletes. The San Antonio Diablos… Read the rest of Joel’s story here.