David and I started football practice a few weeks ago. I coach and David plays blocking back on the team. Its a lot of hard work and a big time commitment for David and his teammates. They have school then practice and games 4 days per week. We do it because we love the sport and get to spend time together.
I believe sports can teach us a lot. Dedication, determination, teamwork, are all things I hope David can at least start to learn from playing sports.
I came across a video today about a young man named Marc Panu. A football player and student from Vanderbilt University. He is setting a great example for David and well for all of us really.
He has been a walk on for 4 years. That means he has had to find other ways to pay for his education and still play football. The speaks volumes to me about his character. He's smart too because Vandy is not an easy school to get into.
His hard work is reaping dividends now because he was just given a full scholarship this year. The video below shows him being presented with it and his teammates reaction which in itself show you what kind of teammate he is.
The scholarship is awesome and well deserved but if you listen to what the coach says before presenting it to him, to me that is what is all about. If you do that, you will go a long way in life.... When I pick David up from school, we are going to watch this together.
Marc, if you happen to read this. Know that about 20 kids in Orlando are going to hear about it today at practice. Thanks for making my pep talk easier today!