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Jeff Teat Is A Marketable Star In Both Indoor And Outdoor Lacrosse, And It All Began By Watching His Dad Play – Forbes

Jeff Teat’s dedication and talent have taken him to stardom at Cornell University and in both indoor … [+] and outdoor lacrosse at the professional level. He is seen here before the Big Red’s 2018 Ivy League title win over Yale (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

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Dan Teat recalls that his son Jeff was about 3 or 4 years old when he first started attending Dan’s games in the National Lacrosse League. And, yes, the family does have some of the type of photos you might expect, with young Jeff asleep on his mother Maria’s shoulder.

But what Dan remembers much more vividly is Jeff, while still being single digits in age, being wide awake and studying the action intently. Jeff wasn’t merely watching his father, although he certainly was a focal point. Even at that juncture, Dan says, his son was developing an analytical mind for the sport.

“Even at a young age,” Dan Teat said, “he would sit and watch the game. Looking back, I realize he was studying the game even though he was so young.”

Jeff Teat now is schooling others, both in the indoor and outdoor games. As the top overall pick in the National Lacrosse League draft, he had 108 points for the New York Riptide this past season and is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, which will be announced soon.

Teat, a former standout at Cornell and a native of Brampton, Ontario, is in his second season with the Atlas Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League and already is a budding star and a key figure in the team’s social media and marketing campaigns.

“I don’t ever want to put extra pressure on anybody,” said Rich Lisk, executive vice president of GF Sports, which runs the Riptide, “but he’s slowly, slowly, slowly starting to become the face of lacrosse and with ESPN in (the PLL’s) corner and ESPN in our (the NLL’s) corner, it helps all of us.”

“I always remember being at his games watching,” Jeff Teat said, “kind of watching (the players) and taking different pieces of their game to add to mine when I grew up. …. I was trying to pick up on little tricks or little nuances that (my father) did or anybody else did.

“I still do that to this day,” he said.

Of course, Jeff Teat wasn’t merely spectating when he was in single digits age-wise. Dan Teat, now an assistant coach for the Panther City Lacrosse Club, an NLL franchise based in Fort Worth, Tex., said his son needed no encouragement to pick up a lacrosse stick.

“We did not have to drag him to any practices,” says Dan Teat, an indoor lacrosse star who spent 14 seasons as a player in the NLL. “He carried around a stick pretty much when he started walking and that progressed into how literally he would wake us up at 6:30 a.m. with a stick in his hand ready to play mini-stick. It made for some early mornings but a lot of fun.”

“I just always loved having a stick in my hand,” Jeff said.

And he enjoyed being mentored by Dan, on and off the field.

“He coached me throughout my minor and my junior career,” Jeff recalled.

“I think …….

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jppelzman/2022/06/18/jeff-teat-is-a-marketable-star-in-both-indoor-and-outdoor-lacrosse-and-it-all-began-by-watching-his-dad-play/

Jeff Teat’s dedication and talent have taken him to stardom at Cornell University and in both indoor … [+] and outdoor lacrosse at the professional level. He is seen here before the Big Red’s 2018 Ivy League title win over Yale (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

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Dan Teat recalls that his son Jeff was about 3 or 4 years old when he first started attending Dan’s games in the National Lacrosse League. And, yes, the family does have some of the type of photos you might expect, with young Jeff asleep on his mother Maria’s shoulder.

But what Dan remembers much more vividly is Jeff, while still being single digits in age…….

Jeff Teat’s dedication and talent have taken him to stardom at Cornell University and in both indoor … [+] and outdoor lacrosse at the professional level. He is seen here before the Big Red’s 2018 Ivy League title win over Yale (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

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Dan Teat recalls that his son Jeff was about 3 or 4 years old when he first started attending Dan’s games in the National Lacrosse League. And, yes, the family does have some of the type of photos you might expect, with young Jeff asleep on his mother Maria’s shoulder.

But what Dan remembers much more vividly is Jeff, while still being single digits in age…….

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