It’s no secret I’m a BIG football fan. On many occasion during a football film, I will tell whoever is around to listen that, to quote the great Vincent Lombardi, Football IS Life.
He made the team and never missed a practice. The kid never says no to anything the coach asks of him- and will happily go in for whatever play- he’s just happy to be there. He’s a mellow, happy unflappable kid. I can’t believe how much he has grown in the two seasons he’s been playing! The ouch of watching my little boy grow up has been eased a bit by seeing the terrific young man he has become.
|The Rookie 2012|
|2 Season Veteran 2013|
We attended the awards dinner to share a fun night with the other families and support the team. Ryan didn’t expect any special award. There are no “participation awards” – just very few for a select number of players. Because he does not play first string- and there are so many boys on his team that have been doing this for years and are extremely talented, we knew he wasn’t gong to be called up . Well, I wish I could make you feel the bursting in my heart when they started talking about “the kid – who always has a smile- always gives 100% – always does what is asked of him and never questions if it is a big play or a small one- he’s in and will give it his best”. It was MY kid! And what was so awesome is that he was recognized for working so hard- we always tell he we see it- but for him to know that other people see it and respect it as well- that may just be one of the most important things he’ll learn this year- Will he go to college playing Football? Most likely not. But- will he put that little extra effort in because that plaque on his wall is concrete proof that hard work does not go unnoticed? I’d like to think so. Football IS life. Even if you don’t play it- there are just so many lesson in it.
And that’s why I LOVE football.