Napa is knot one to forget sacrifice
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.