“This, though, is the hardest job I’ve ever had in my life… driving 1,700 miles in two and a half days, practice from dawn to dusk a couple of days and end up fishing competitively six to seven days in a row.”
This Elite Series season hasn’t been a good one for Kevin.
“I haven’t cashed a check yet; we’ve been using savings, overtime when I can get it and family helping out to make it work.”
Kevin has some paying sponsors who also help, and he is working on getting the money for next year, “so I can come back. If you want something, you have to work hard at it, and I’m used to working hard.”
“What’s next dude.”
“Do well here! Freaky things happened to me all year… fish breaking off, weather changing on me, things like that … but it is what it is. After this tournament, I’m going to call the boss to see what jobs we got.”
“…hardly noticed but part of everything…”
Kevin Ledoux, one of just many working stiffs on the Bassmaster Elite tour.
We are, on a very base level, pretty much your Shop Class tour.
And darn proud of it.
Average Joes who know that greatness comes caked in grease and grime.
Mr. Plumpis would love these dudes, many of whom would have been sitting with me in the “Work Study” class.
I don’t know if Mr. P is still around or not; I’m thinking maybe not but if he is I would invite him to come and meet some of these guys.
Meet Kevin Ledoux. Spend some time with him.
Mr. P. gave me a gift when I was a young knucklehead; he showed me, us, respect, even if we gave none of it back. And I think he believed in us, hope he did.
Now it’s my turn to give a gift back.
Mr. P., come meet the 99 Elites, the average Joes, working stiffs. It’s on me because I would love for you to see that when you look real hard and listen even harder,
you’ll find that,
in the sawdust,
“…but there's nothing wrong with a hard hat and a hammer.”
“Hard Hat and a Hammer”