This letter is to recognize all the varsity football benchwarmers and their families, especially senior sideline standers and, most of all, second year veterans of the sideline.
First, congratulations to all the boys who worked hard and earned starting positions. And congratulations to the families who cheered their hearts out at every game.
Boys who went to just as many practices as the starters got up just as early on Monday mornings for weightlifting; stayed just as late on Tuesday nights; spilled just as much blood, sweat, and tears onto the practice field; ran countless scout offense or defense plays; proudly donned jerseys on Fridays; who remained supportive of your teammates who started ahead of you every week, and whose presence Friday nights meant you wouldn’t be playing (because of a policy of minimal rotation and no meaningful playing time); who stood ready to run in the moment the coach called your name; who stuck out the season and didn’t quit; you have my utmost respect.
Families of sideline standers, who watched your boys work just as hard as the starters but never get any payback; who went to your boys after each game and just hugged them because you couldn’t tell them they had a good game; who kept your frustrated mouths shut because your concerns were unwelcome at the coaching level; you too have my great respect.
Boys, my heart aches for you who were so faithful, yet got no recognition for your hard work. You are my heroes.