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Football Can Be More Than a Sport

Dr. Laura,

You recently had a call from a man whose son wanted to quit football shortly after it started. I had the same issue with my son a few years ago - I refused to take him home early from a practice because he didn't think he was good enough.

Below is a copy of the letter my son wrote to his coach after his senior year. Of course I am so proud of my son.


Dear Coach K,

As my senior year comes to a close, I think it's important to reflect on the people and events that have shaped me in the past four years. This was a learning time in my life; I laughed, I cried, but overall, I matured. I am grateful to say that you have influenced me in a positive way.

You might not have noticed it, but you coached me on more than just football. You didn't just teach me how to call plays; you taught me how to be assertive. You didn't just teach me how to make tackles; you taught me how to apply myself. You didn't just teach me how to play my hardest; you taught me how to give my all. You didn't just teach me how to play football; you taught me how to be a man. Whether I'm a 160 pound linebacker or a college graduate on his way to an interview, I am now more confident in myself and my abilities.

Thank you so much for being a friend and a father figure. Thank you for not giving up on me. I'm gong to miss my teammates and my coaches who made the past four years special. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. I am forever grateful and I know the other linebackers feel the same way.

Tags: Father figure, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Parenting, Raising Boys to Men, Raising Men Not Boys, Response to a Call, Stay-at-Home Mom
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