Oklahoma State visit with Jeff Jones. It’s been a long day, but a great one! Met some great men of character who played professional football and know there is far more to life than a 120-yard field, a leather ball, and 22 men. They use what they learned to help guide and encourage young athletes. Their desire to give back encourages me and reminds me why I do what I do, and why this trip with Jeff has been such a great experience. Jeff was already a standup kid. I would be lying if I told you otherwise. But there is a difference between staying out of trouble and pursuing Greatness in every role and every aspect of life. I have gotten to see a young man grow as a man who cares about people, leads with humble confidence, has incredible work ethic, and an ability to balance life and football rather than confusing football for life. I have grown to love this kid like a brother. No, he didn’t take home an MVP trophy, but I genuinely believe he played very well today and I thought there was a good chance he would win the QB MVP award despite there being 85 quarterbacks. As we sit in a hotel back in Norman, Oklahoma I want to tell him how Great he is and how proud I am of him. But that’s the thing about Jeff that I love—it won’t shake him. Don’t get me wrong: he appreciates me saying I am proud of him, but his identity isn’t shaken by a medal, or a vote, or a dropped pass, or a bad throw. He is composed, seeming to know more about himself at 16 years of age than many adults. Jeff, you might not ever see this because you never use instagram, but I am incredibly proud of your hard work and persistence along with your character that shines through your decision-making process. You could never touch a football again and it wouldn’t change the way I see you: you’re Great, man. Great! Love ya bro!
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