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Les Berman Weekly … 8 – 2 A Story Worth Reading… and more

So… I heard a story on the radio and was so impacted by it that I pulled over to the side of the road and tried to capture everything.

The story is told about a football player at a major football school who would brag to everyone about his classy upbringing and about all that his family had. He was a very good athlete, a running back,  and had lots of potential. He would talk about his big house and the cars, and because he was from the south, he found it necessary to mention the household staff – maids and cooks and butler and whatever else they had. And he was a very good football player.


One day, an old man came to the university practice field, and was asking about the star athlete. The athlete was told that an old man was in the stands, looking for him. He looked over, and ignored the old man. Not a wave. No head nod. Nothing. And the old man watched the practice, and waited in the stands, looking at the star athlete. But the star athlete went directly into the locker room, passing right by the old man, not even acknowledging his father.


A couple of weeks later, there was a pep rally prior to the big football game. It started in the gym, or field house, or whatever those places might be called. An old man in well worn clothes, appeared at the gym, asking about his son. And somebody went over to the big 6’4″, 280 lb nose guard (I don’t exactly know what that is either) to tell him about the old man being at the door. The big guard looked over towards the old man, and jumped up, rushed over, and embraced the man. He was so excited to see him, and he half dragged, half carried the old man to the coach and the microphone. He asked for the microphone and when given it, he said ” Hey everyone ! This is my daddy and I’m so excited and happy that he could be here. Please say hello to him” and the gym erupted in cheers and applause.


The moral of the story is simple: If you want to succeed in life, be yourself !! There are people who really know you.


I sat in my car, listening to this story, stunned. And pensive. And sad. Sad because I know some like the running back. And happy, because I know many like the big nose guard.


And as I write this, I’m still stunned. Do you know the running back? Do you know the nose guard? Send this to him or her – if you can.


Have a better week !


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Airports at higher  altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The  University of Alaska spans four time zones

The tooth is the only part of  the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece , tossing an  apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant  she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright  to the song Happy Birthday.

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August 19, 2013 - Posted by | general interest, sports, stuff, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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