This past August, my 10 year old son joined a football league for the first time. I thought it was a wonderful idea, as team sports help children build confidence and social skills. And then his dad told me it was full contact football. Suddenly it didn’t sound like the best idea. But I bit my tongue and waited to see what would happen in the following months. And I was surprised to learn that as a member of the defensive line, he was really good at holding his opponents at bay while taking minimal hits. Even better, he loved playing the game. So I was right to bite my tongue all those months ago.
With Super Bowl XLV coming our way this weekend, we share 5 condolence messages about this beloved sport:
- There was no person in our town who did more for youth sports than Greg Warren. His dedication to Farmington football should never be forgotten. The seeds he planted sprout new and beautiful blooms with every passing season. [Published in The Hartford Courant]
- I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her other loves – football and University of Michigan. Particularly, University of Michigan football. We uncovered a special hat that she always wore when Michigan played against Ohio State or in the Rose Bowl. It was just one accoutrement of an arsenal that included blanket, ear rings, necklaces, bathmat – the list goes on from here. In our house, January 1 was “Mother’s Day,” not the “Hallmark holiday” in May. [Published in The Boston Globe]
- We had the privilege of working with Wally through three years of Bantam football in the first seasons of the Wolverines. It is inspiring to have known someone who has had such a tremendous influence on so many young men through his dedication to sport. His consistently positive attitude and dedication to his community will not be forgotten. [Published in the Edmonton Journal]
- All three of my sons and my daughter-in-law graduated from Arlington High School, so I attended many AHS football games over the years, but my favorites were always the homecoming games because I knew he would be there, welcoming everyone to the festivities by his unmistakable, velvet voice coming over the loudspeaker with the famous “How SWEET it is to be in Colt Country!!” after which there was always thunderous applause! He made these occasions unforgettable, and no one will ever be able to say that line the way he did. [Published in Star-Telegram]
- Your father was like a second dad to me, and I will never forget the numerous football games we would have with your dad as quarter back & coach behind Grandpa Hause’s place. [Published in the News Journal]
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