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Greatest Love of all? USF-FSU has family split




LovesUSF and Florida State meet on the football field for the first time Saturday, and Debra Love faces a difficult conundrum: How can she possibly pull against one of her children?

Her son, A.J., is a junior receiver for the Bulls, but her daughter Angela -- his twin sister -- is a senior at FSU, and what's more, she works for Seminole Boosters, often hosting recruits on visits to FSU football games.

"One of them obviously has to lose," said Love, a registered nurse in Sarasota. "How can you be happy for one child and not the other? It certainly is going to be very difficult. I'm going to wear a USF shirt to support my son, and an FSU cap for my daughter."

Complicating matters further, Debra went back to school and got her nursing degree from USF in 2001, so she has her own personal ties to the Bulls. She said she'll sit in the USF section, but the family has relatives in Tallahassee, so counting grandparents and uncles and aunts, there will be some on both sides, literally.

"I'm going to be so torn," said Angela, who will graduate from FSU with a biology degree in December and has worked for Seminole Boosters for three years. "I love my school, but family also comes first. Anytime he has the ball, I'll be cheering for my brother, but when he doesn't, I have to cheer for FSU. He knows I support him 100 percent, but at the same time, I'm OK with them losing."

The twins are used to being at each other's games -- Angela grew up a cheerleader at her brother's football games, then played volleyball at Bradenton Southeast High with A.J. in the stands cheering for his sister. Because FSU opened its season on Labor Day, Angela was able to see A.J.'s first game this season and said she was thrilled to see her brother return after tearing the ACL in his knee in the St. Petersburg Bowl in December.

A.J. -- that's Anthony Jr., and their father, Anthony Sr., is a Florida A&M graduate who will also be at the game -- is the older of the two, born one minute earlier. Angela said it's something she's often reminded of by her brother: "He used to make me wait a minute to blow out my candles on our birthday," she said.

Love, who has eight catches for 100 yards in three games but is still waiting for his first touchdown of the season, said his sister may appear to be torn, but he knows where her heart is.

"There's nothing as personal as being a twin, so I know deep down, she'll be rooting for me," he said.

(Thanks much to Angela Love for the photo.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:12pm]


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