This teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.
The young man was the smallest of his teammates, and since he played football, that was not a good thing. He was slow, he couldn’t catch or throw, but he loved the game of football, so he remained on the team, and during his four years of high school, he never missed a practice and he never missed a game.
Nor did his father!
In college, the kid decided to walk on to the team. Surprisingly, he made the team, because the coach could tell the kid had heart. Excited, he called his dad on the phone and told him and he mailed his father season tickets the next day. During his entire four years of college, the kid never missed a practice or a game.
Nor did his father.
During the last week of practice the kid’s senior year, the coach met the kid while he was on his way to the practice field with a telegram. The kid opened it, then with tears in his eyes, told his coach his father had died. The coach put his arm around the kid and told him to take the rest of the week off and not to worry about coming to the game since it was the last game anyway.
The kid did as the coach said, but late in the fourth quarter of that weekend’s game, with the team down by ten points, the kid mysteriously came out of the locker room, dressed the play. He approached the coach and asked him to put him in the game.
The coach figured, what the hell, we’re losing anyway, and put the kid in the game.
On the first play, the kid intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown. On the next play, the kid hit the guy who’d caught the kickoff, forcing a fumble, and then picked up the ball and ran it in for another touchdown. His team ended up winning by four points after the extra point conversions.
Later, in the locker room, the coach approached the kid and said, “Son. I have no clue what happened out there today. Care to fill me in?”
The kid said, “Coach. My father was blind. I knew that even though he’d come to all my games, today would be the first time he ever got to see me play.”