Tre's "No Secrets" Video
In his rookie season, Carolina Panther Tre’von Boston proved he is one of the best Safeties in the NFL. Taking over the starting slot halfway through the season, Tre made several big plays including an interception returned for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons, and another game clinching interception the following week against the Arizona Cardinals in postseason play.
|Tre Boston of the Carolina Panthers - Charlotte Observer|
I was making arrangements to interview Tre, a Ft Myers native and avid angler, when we began talking about kayaks. “Man, I’d like to try out one of those Hobies you are always riding in” Tre confessed. In a couple of minutes, the conversation turned to planning a demo day for Tre and his mom, the beautiful Iris De Hoyos. A quick call to Jim VanPelt and our local Hobie dealer, Estero River Outfitters, and we had a date.
|Interview at the Launch - JVP|
The morning we chose proved to be a little chilly and windy. Along for the trip was Professional Photographer Doug Stamm. We chose Pineland so we could fish a little while Tre and Iris tried out the Revos. One thing Tre was interested in was the fishability of the Revo in terms of stability and room for gear, so I brought plenty of gear for the day.
|Tre on the Revo - Doug Stamm|
We launched into a negative tide on a Pine Island flat. It was a difficult undertaking to say the least as we pulled, and then poled the kayaks to deeper water. Iris was trying a new Revo 11 and Tre was in an older Revo 13. As soon as it was deep enough for the mirage drives, Tre took off! He was tearing up the flats while calling back to us about the great ab workout he was getting. It was all very comical and in short order they were pedaling around like pros.
|Demonstrating the Fishability - Doug Stamm|
It was pretty windy so fishing was limited to casting at potholes as we blew by them. I took the opportunity to remind Tre that our fishing guide was Jim, thus taking the responsibility of the lack of fish from me. I also asked Tre how he felt about Jim VanPelt having more sponsors that he does. After a few hours joking around and getting to know the kayaks, we made our way back in. I talked to Tre about living in North Carolina, his college days and about living in Southwest Florida. He struck me as a very genuine person and a hell of a nice guy. My guess is a lot of that has to do with his mom, Iris. According to Tre, she made him play football when he was younger which left him no time for making trouble. I told him my mom made me eat brussel sprouts which didn’t help me at all!
|Tre returning an interception for a touchdown - Yahoo Sports|
Back at the launch we did our interview and Tre even did a funny video with me. His love of the water is infectious. I would have called it a bad day due to the wind but Tre loved every minute of it. Come to think of it, it was kind of nice being out on the water watching the ospreys and having good conversation with good friends. Besides, I got a great interview and probably sold a couple of Hobies as well. Follow Tre’s exploits on his Facebook page as well as on the Official Carolina Panthers website.
|A new kayaker|
|The beautiful Iris De Hoyos - Doug Stamm|