To the coach that made me love the game,
First of all, thank you. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't know what to do with my life in this day and time. Though there were times I hated my life and I felt like I couldn't walk another step, you pushed me to keep going. When I said, "I can't," you said, "I know you can. Dig deep." If it wasn't for the love and guidance you showed me, I wouldn't be the man I have become today. Learning the game under you was hard work, but so much fun. It's the reason I have the passion for it today. The look on your face when you started talking about schemes and plays, that excitement... I wanted that. I wanted to feel that passionately about something. As the years went by and I became a senior, I had that same passion. I saw the beautiful chess match that is football. The leadership, the brotherhood, the discipline, the finesse, everything about this sport is unparalleled to any other. Though we didn't win many games, we had heart. We had soul. Playing until the very last second of every game. Because of those experiences, I know how to fight. How to struggle. How to lose gracefully and keep my head held high. Those lessons are so important in life. The famous Vince Lombardi once said, "Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." You showed me that this was completely true. You showed me every down was another lesson, another fight. Every down was a new chance to earn the respect of the man across the ball from you. This is entirely true in life. Every day is a new chance. You taught me that football wasn't everything. Football, and the work around it, was purely the teacher. Football was the way we learned how to become young, respectable men. We had our priorities: God before anything, then family and friends, followed by school, and after all of that... football. To the coach that made me love the game, you made me love life again. My relationship with Christ, with people, and with myself wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for you.
To the coach that made me love the game, thank you. I don't know where I'd be without you.