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This is the one of the best posts I have read all year. Your son is a champ. I’m happy for you both because in the end both of you will be winners. ~ Mike LaMonica
Thanks for the compliment, Mike. I don’t want my son to read this story for obvious reasons but thanks for your kind words
Update: My son’s football coach recently asked him to toss a few footballs his way in practice and noticed he could throw well. He’s now the 2nd string QB in practice. Maybe nothing comes of it but we’re always hopeful
THAT’S MY JONATHANCITO..HE IS VERY, VERY DETERMINED AND I, BETTER SAID WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY, VERY PROUD OF HIM, HURRAH! HURRAH!! HURRAH!! TO OUR WOULD BE CHAMPION!!
This is one of the BEST blog posts I’ve read in a while. Thanks for the reminder that our kids have their own ways of looking at the world.
Update: On the fourth week of the football season Jonathan entered the game for five plays. His team was winning 37-0 when he played 4 of the 5 plays but he was happy.
Thank you for this reality check! I, too, have an 11-year-old son on a tackle football team where he practices everyday but only watches games from the sidelines. To add insult to injury, he actually started as the center last year — he lost his position after he got hurt in practice and someone “better” took his position. Yet, as mad as I’ve been, he has stayed steadfast in his support of the team. He knows that he is not as aggressive as the other boys and needs to learn the game better. My son realizes this, but I’m still a little miffed. Oh, and by the way…we live in Alabama. Therefore, our coach is a Bear Bryant/Nick Saban wannabe! Blessings on you and your family!
Andi, hang in there. Sounds like your boy has the humility and attitude you will spend your entire life cheering for. God bless your family!
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He’s a winner! Coach could learn something from Jonathan.
What a great post! Your son has spirit and that is something to admire. My son is in his 4th year of tackle this year, it took a long time for him to really get the concept of the game (for all the boys really). Most of these boys have been playing together for the last 4 and it’s taken this long for them to become a strong team.
Again, your son is someone to admire!!!