Actually, I started my business, at that time – Prep Football Prospects of Ohio – almost thirty years ago. As I followed Tom Lemmng and Allen Wallace, I somewhat emulated them. Over the course of many years, I have become more and more “kids centered.” I get emails like this one ever so often. I did not ask permission to print this, but the names were dropped.
“BTW John, since I know we both share a true appreciation of HS football and what it means, I thought I would share something with you. After our playoff loss and he was finished talking with reporters and recruiters, my son walked off field and straight to me and fell into my arms and cried on my shoulder for the first time in about 10 years. He wasn’t upset because they lost, because he knows how good the opponent was and that his school did their best. He was upset that a great, great time in both our lives was ending. He lived a dream that he had since dad and son first tossed the ball as a toddler, and he was a ball boy for a veteran coach. It was over and can never be repeated. I wish more parents would try to keep in mind what is truly important in HS football, and the fact this is a once in a lifetime period for kids, win or lose. Camps, recruiters, and star rankings pale in comparison. As a very proud father, I will take that moment with me to the grave over any play he ever made, and he made a lot.”
As a parent, I really believe dad’s have to be there “to throw the ball back.” Moms are moms and always will be moms. Moms are special. But dads should talk less and lesson more. It is not so much what a dad says, but it is more about showing up and being positive.
High school football is the best level of football out there. I see so many games and kids work so hard. Four years go by so fast. The majority of senior high school footballers have played their last football. I hope every dad remembers his son playing the game. I hope every dad can look back and have experienced these same emotions. after his son’s high school career is over.
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