This teenager lived alone with his mother, and the two of them had a very
special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench,
his mother was always in the stands cheering. She never missed a game. This
young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school.
But his mother continued to encourage him but also 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 hang in there. He was
determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to
play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a
practice nor a game, but remained a bench warmer all four years.
His faithful mother was always in the stands, always with words of
encouragement for him. When the young man went to college, he decided to
try out for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could
never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster
because he always puts his heart and soul into every practice, 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 much that he
rushed to the nearest phone and called his mother. His mother shared his
excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games.
This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four
years at college, but he never got to play in the game. It was the end
of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field
shortly before the big playoff game, the coach met him with a telegram.
The young man read the telegram and he became deathly silent.
Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My mother died this morning.
Is it all right if I miss practice today?"
The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said,
"Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back
to the game on Saturday."
Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter,
when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped
into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As
he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to
see their faithful teammate back so soon.
"Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today," said the young man.
The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he
wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young
man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in.
"All right," he said. "You can go in."
Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe
their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before was doing everything
right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, blocked and tackled like a star.
His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied.
In the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass and ran
all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His
teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you've
never heard! Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had
showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man
was sitting quietly in the corner all alone.
The coach came to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were
fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?"
He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you
knew my mom died, but did you know that my mom was blind?" The young
man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Mom came to all my games, but
today was the first time she could see me play, and I wanted to show
her I could do it!"
I hope that story inspires you.
Always Remember This:
Somebody is very proud of you.
Somebody is thinking of you.
Somebody is caring about you.
Somebody misses you.
Somebody wants to talk to you.
Somebody wants to be with you.
Somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
Somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
Somebody wants you to be happy.
Somebody can't wait to see you.
Somebody loves you for who you are.
Somebody is glad that you are their friend.
Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
Somebody needs your support.
Somebody will cry when they read this.
Somebody needs you to have faith in them.
Somebody trusts you.
Somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.