It’s very easy to get lost in the crazy world of sports as a fan. As a professional athlete, it’s even easier. However Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks shared a very personal story on twitter earlier today that has sent a gentle reminder to everyone. A reminder of what really matters in this thing we call life.
I've been blessed and it was time to pass it on. So to my dad although I would've loved the chevelle. I wanted you to have this. ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/Y2q7AbVKqr
— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) February 24, 2017
The note reads:
“Growing up we didn’t always see eye to eye and one day you told me I’d understand. At that time I thought “yeah whatever, why can’t you just let me run the streets and be left alone”. Once I graduated college and started living on my own at 23, I started to see and at 27 and I’m starting to understand.
The reason you were so hard on me was for my benefit. You didn’t want me to be a statistic. It was to make me allergic to average. It was to create a work ethic that would allow me to reach dreams no matter what they were or how the cards were stacked against me.
I realize now it’s not always the easiest deal to be a Father to a child while going through a divorce and spend half the time with your son. While trying to be the role model I need knowing I was watching your every move and would emulate you. Although I can never pay you back, this is a small token of appreciation. I love you Pops.”
Well if that didn’t at least send a chill down your spine or bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will. It’s truly great to see the “Family first” moral rooted deep into the heart of the Eagles offensive lineman, who was signed by the team during free agency last season.
Brooks impressed during his first year in midnight green..and his attitude away from the field has been just as notable. In a time where so many look to NFL players for inspiration and in a generation that is raised with social media perception holding a lot of weight , the fact that Brooks used his platform to not only show gratitude to his family, but help remind others to do the same is really admirable.
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