Napa is knot one to for­get sac­ri­fice

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MATT LOGUE

THERE are many ways to re­spect our fallen sol­diers on An­zac Day, but for Roosters prop Dy­lan Napa it’s all about a hum­ble tie.

Napa dons a tie and pair of cuff­links to hon­our his late grand­fa­ther Gor­don, who passed away when his navy plane went down dur­ing World War II.

The prop’s pop is no longer with us, but he wears the tie on game day to make his grand­mother Norma proud.

“It is some­thing that is re­ally spe­cial to me,” Napa told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

“My grand­fa­ther Gor­don was in the navy. He and his broth­ers were pi­lots and they went down in planes.

“It is a re­ally spe­cial time of the year for my grandma. She takes a lot of pride in me wear­ing Grandpa’s tie and his An­zac cuff­links to the game.

“I asked Robbo a cou­ple of years ago if I could wear Pop’s tie and he said of course, which is cool.”

Napa is ex­tremely close with his grand­mother, who re­cently turned 91.

“She is my No.1 fan and I’m her No.1 fan,” he said.

“I al­ways try and think about her ev­ery game and es­pe­cially on An­zac Day.

“She is up in Bris­bane and she watches ev­ery move I make on and off the field.

“She is very proud of not only my­self, but my brother and sis­ter. She went to my first Ori­gin game last year and met Johnathan Thurston and was com­pletely stoked and speech­less.

“Me play­ing rugby league is some­thing she is very proud of.”

Napa says it’s an hon­our to play on An­zac Day.

“But it’s not about us,” he said. “It is about the day and re­mem­ber­ing what they’ve done for us.”

Dy­lan Napa with his mother Karen and grandma Norma.

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