These posts are generally rather negative in some fashion. That is usually because people are idiots, and most of them do not even realize it. This post is different.
Jayden was diagnosed with a slew of medical issues at a very young age. Due to these medical issues, he was never going to be able to play a sport that he loved, football. His older brother plays high-school football. While he must love watching his brother play, he must also be envious. I know I would be. As a parent, it would be heart wrenching to live with this. My son was also diagnosed with a slew of medical issues very early on, so I can feel some of this pain. My youngest does not have the desire to play football like Jayden (yet), but like Jayden, he will never be able to play.
My oldest son plays 5th/6th-grade football where Jayden has been the water boy for the past two seasons. It was the last game of the regular season, and the 5th quarter (where all the kids get a chance to play). It was truly and honor to witness (and film) Jayden’s first, and probably only, chance to play football. People like Jayden and my son will have character that very few of us can come close to. These kids persevere through the toughest obstacles most of us take for granted.
This time, I am not going to bitch and complain about stupid people. No. This time, I give an inspirational plea that more people in this world should be like what we see in this video. The coaches giving a boy a chance to live his dream and not caring about the score (on both sides of the ball). The team that rallies behind their friend. The parents who cheered a kid to a touchdown. For once, there was not one negative thought at a sporting event. Everyone cheered in unison for something positive. Amen to that!