by Marjorie Acosta
Football is known as an unpredictable sport, but sometimes the surprises come from the players, not the game. Chris “Tornado” Romero is making sure he keeps his team on their toes. As an offensive lineman for the West Miramar Panthers he’s athletic, agile, and strong. At first glance he fits the mold of a typical football player. But underneath the layers of padding, Chris has a side you wouldn’t expect. Chris’ other passion is to be a rock star.
Chris has been playing the electric guitar about as long as he’s been playing football. Although his coaches and teammates recently found out about his musical talents, they weren’t surprised by it. His coach, Chance Benton says, “I heard about his guitar playing and I can see it. He comes out here with the Mohawk and he’s different from the other kids. He’s definitely musically inclined.”
Chris’ Mohawk is his signature. He wears it under his helmet and up on the stage. To him, both places are just as worthy of his spikes and his hard work. Chris’ discipline comes from his parents, who both play a big part in his love of sports and music. Balancing football practice and guitar lessons is a challenge Chris happily accepted. You see for him, the two things fit together perfectly. Chris says his dual talents are just like him saying, “It describes me, like who I am: cool and fun!” Chris’ dynamic personality shines on and off the field. At the Pines Music Studio, Chris brings his confidence and discipline as an athlete. With the West Miramar Panthers, he brings a splash of spunk to his team.
Chris is still deciding whether he’ll pursue music or sports down the line. For now, he’s passing on his musical talents to the next generation. His little sister Gaby is already following in his footsteps by playing the drums.