Football star is all heart
In a recent football game between St. Clairsville High School of Ohio and rival Richmond Edison High, star St. C running back and Michigan recruit Michael Ferns did something so selfless it may bring tears to your eyes.
Ferns broke a long run and had the end zone in sight, setting up his 12th touchdown of the season, when he suddenly stopped and walked out of bounds at the one-yard line. The crowd and even the referees were astonished, but Ferns’ teammates knew the deal.
Two days earlier, the father of fellow freshman player Logan Thompson passed away. Despite never carrying the ball for his team, he now got the chance to pay tribute to his departed dad.
Thompson and Ferns lined up in the backfield, but when the ball was snapped, it was Thompson who punched it in for the score. Ferns fell into a fullback position and provided the hole Thompson needed to cross the goal line and essentially secure the team’s victory.
If ever there were an example of true sportsmanship at work, this would have to be it. We often forget that sports aren’t just about winning, crushing the competition or securing financially-lucrative deals. They’re about teamwork and making sure the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Ferns obviously understood this. And thanks to his selfless act, his friend Thompson can take pride in knowing he scored one for his father. Here’s hoping there are many more to come.
Posted on October 17, 2012, in Family, Perspectives and tagged commentary, current-events, Family, Football, inspiration, Michael Ferns, news, perspectives, sports. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.