Reggae legend Bob Marley was a born and bred Jamaican. He changed music forever, even though his life was over way earlier than it ever should have been. Marley passed away at the young age of 36 in 1981 due to melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
Five years later, Shaun Francis was born on the same island. The left back journeyed to the U.S. to play college soccer at Lindsey Wilson College. After four great years in Kentucky, the Columbus Crew drafted Francis in the fourth round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. As a rookie, Francis earned a starting spot on the team, using his immense speed to get behind defenses and whip crosses into the box.
“Buffalo Soldier” is one of Marley’s most famous songs, even though it was released after his death. The first line reads, “Buffalo solder; dreadlock rasta.” This refers to the African-American regiments that fought in the U.S. Civil War and also Marley’s rastafarian religion and way of life.
Crew fans, being creative as the usually are, wanted to create a song for their Jamaican defender. Of course, they choose a Bob Marley song. Although it hasn’t caught on with the masses, the first line of the new song is, “Columbus soldier; so very fasta,” attempting to communicate Francis’ breathtaking speed.
You can follow Francis on Twitter, @rivi29.