I became friends with John at the old Shanty. John was a man who was down to earth, honest, and a friend always. I remember how he'd ask for my help to tote food for NFL Alumni meetings, which to me were fun to observe.
To ride on the Anheuser-Busch bus to collect former players gathering during the first Tampa Super Bowl week, well, just exciting.
And for many trips back to Tampa over the years, I could always count on finding John.
I sure as hell am gonna miss ya!