Battle Ready Dad

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The battle ready dad I never had

Everyday I try to be the best man I can be. I attribute that to the most inspirational person I can think of, Jeff Jury. He helped show me what its means to be a man with sports by instilling values, goals, and motivation in me. So on the days when I feel as if I have survived a skirmish with life itself, I use the same characteristics as in football to draw strength and perseverance enabling me to get out of bed and carry on with my life. Each morning as I drift back to consciousness and one by one my senses return. I can hear the muffled sounds of my youngest girl’s calls to be let out of her nightly prison; I feel the waves of the night’s cool air rushing along my back from the fan, followed by the faint
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My best friend, Zane was everything I wanted to be at that time in my life. He was well liked by all, fearless despite his smaller size, and always had a can-do attitude that some times got him in trouble. I wanted to be like him, and his dad was the one that made Zane the guy I wanted to be. The first time I met Jeff, was in 7th grade football camp, so naturally we called him Coach. He was short, stocky, and half balding covered by an old floppy bucket hat. But his most distinctive feature was a thick white mustache that ran to the middle of each cheek. It was like meeting a shorter Hulk Hogan. I looked up to him because Coach played rugby for over 35 years, so who’s better to teach football then him? He never asked us to do anything he could not get down and do for himself. Coach would show us how to do full speed-hit-drills without pads. He never forced us to do anything, but slacking was never tolerated, in stead Coach would push us to our breaking limits. When he got us there he show us, we can push pass them and set new limits by pushing us even harder when we felt weak and couldn’t keep going. He told us the hard work we did wasn’t to make ourselves better, rather to make the TEAM stronger. Coach showed us how all the hours of hard work we put in when no one was looking mattered; and how it paid off on the field when everyone was looking. Because with each new first down, it leads to a touchdown and touchdowns are how you win. He helped us see the differences between being hurt and

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