Definatley like the soccer photo I do sport photography as well and I like the room on the left showing what's infron of him and it already kind of tells you a story of hat he's done to get where he is now. Good shot.
I tried to keep the contrast low on the last shot. Did not want to accentuate any heavy lines or anything. I tried going a little further and putting a light blur on it, but just didn't like the way it turned out. Thanks for the comments guys. Figured I would give this a bump and see if anyone else had any.