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V Wells featured in the New York Post!
Picture perfect New Yank’s father has art in heart Vernon Wells’ father is quite the athlete, too, but a shoulder injury paved the way for a new career. Vernon Wells Jr., whose son now is a Yankees outfielder, starred at TCU as a wide receiver. His 204 receiving yards and 10 receptions against Tennessee in 1976 still rank third on the Horned Frog’s all-time list. He went on to play professional football in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. That is when a shoulder injury forced him to turn to another career. Sports art became his path to success. “That injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It ended my season but not my career,’’ Wells Jr. told The Rumble’s Kevin Kernan this week. “It opened up a new career for me. I probably should have played baseball from the start, not football. ’’ His son, Vernon Wells III became a baseball star and is the Yankees’ new left fielder, fulfilling his father’s dream of his son playing for the Bronx Bombers. “I was a Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays fan,’’ the artist known as V Wells said. He added Mays was the best player he ever saw, but Mantle, if he had not injured his legs, would have been the best. The multi-talented Wells Jr., 58, plays baseball in adult leagues and owns 24 championship rings in various age categories, and he gets to paint his favorite players. His commissioned artwork is sought after by players and can be found at www.vwellsart.com, hailed as “the players’ choice of sports art.” Wells Jr. has been painting portraits for 35 years and is the most commissioned artist ever by players. He originally started painting football players, but the Texas-based artist branched out to baseball and has an All-Star list of clients. “I have three of his paintings,’’ CC Sabathia told The Rumble, including one with his son CC III. “I love his work.’’ Robinson Cano became a proud owner of V Wells art earlier this spring as he was featured in Wells’ latest painting: “New York Yankees Gold Glove Infield.’’ And now V Wells has the opportunity to paint his son in pinstripes. “It’s a dream come true,’’ the artist said.
- The article shown was posted to www.NYPOST.com on March, 30 2013 at 11:55pm.
- Link to the original article: The Rumble – NYPOST.com