A teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them
very special relationship.
Even though the son was always on the
his father was always in the stands
He never missed a game.
This young man was still the smallest of the class when he
But his father continued to encourage
yet made it very clear that he did not have to play
football if he didn't want to.
But the young man loved football and decided to stick with
He was determined to try his best at every
and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a
All through high school he never missed a practice nor a
but remained a bench warmer all four
His faithful father was always in the
always with words of encouragement for
When the young man went to
he decided to try out for the football team as a
Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he
The coach admitted that he kept him on the
because he always put his heart and soul into every
and, at the same time,
provided the other members with the spirit and hustle
they badly needed.
The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so
that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his
His father shared his
The young athlete never missed practice during
four years at college
but he never got to play in any of the
It was the end of his senior football season, and as he
the practice fields shortly before the big play off
the coach met him with a
The young man read the telegram and became deathly
Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the
"My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss
The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and
"Take the rest of the week off,
And don't even plan to come to the game on
Saturday arrived, and the game was not going
In the third quarter, the young man came and walked into
empty locker room and put on his football
As he ran onto the sidelines,
the coach and team players were astounded to see their
teammate back so soon.
"Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play
said the young man.
The coach pretended not to hear
There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close
But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for
the coach gave in.
"All right," he said.
And everyone in the stands could not believe their
This little unknown, who had never played
was doing everything right.
The opposing team could not stop
He ran, blocked and tackled like a
His team began to truimph. The score was soon
In the closing seconds of the game, the kid intercepted a
and ran all the way for the winning
The fans broke loose!
His teammates hoisted him onto their
Such cheering you've never
Finally, after all the stands had emptied and the team had
and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young
was sitting quietly in the corner all
The coach came to him and said,
"Kid, I can't believe it! You were fantastic out
Tell me what got into you? How did you do
The young man looked at the coach with tears in his
"Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad
The young man swallowed hard and forced a
"Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he
see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do
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