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My son's football team and life lessons.

He got stepped on, his shoe ripped off and still manage to throw  the jump pass for TD! ( Sorry... proud daddy moment)


My son has played "Gridiron Gladiators" football for the last 4 years and I have had the pleasure of being one of the coaches each of those seasons. The Hutch Blue Hawks went 29-4 in 4 years and I think everybody for the most part had a lot of fun. 

I truly got to love everyone of the boys on the team... each in their own way. 

It wasn't always fun... I don't believe in the phrase "all that matters is having fun"... Hard work and seeing the rewards of that also matter. I told the boys a lot that "the most important thing is having fun, but its a lot more fun to win". Learning that working hard in practice, taking the responsibility of being on time, caring about your commitments to the team seriously also mattered on the Hutch Blue Hawks for the last 4 years.  

It was never about "beating the other team on Saturday" it was about realizing that 10 weeks worth of camps and 2-3 practices a week, going from dying in the Kansas heat to freezing in the Kansas cold were worth the feeling of success, of being proud of being part of a group that felt success. 

We never approached it with the mentality of creating NFL or College football players... we approached it with the goal of doing our part of helping mold young men that would become older men who got that you can accomplish very cool things... if you are willing to put in the work. We drove them hard, we yelled at them some, we made them do a few up downs and runs as consequences... I think, and sincerely hope that they had fun, that they have some pride in what they worked so hard to accomplish and that maybe they learned a lesson or 2. 

I personally had the time of my life... I got to spend great hours with my son and an incredible group of boys and watch them all grow over 4 years. 

I probably benefited more than any of those boys... but I will continue to kid myself that we did something for them as well. 






18 comments:

  1. Cody you nailed it! You had a great group of kids and you should be proud. It has been fun watching and competing against your boys for the last four years and you should be proud. They will go far with both the life and football lessons they have learned, Good job and I look forward to watching that group for years to come.

    Jamie Schultz

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  2. Thanks Jaime...

    you got the same things going with Lumpy's group. Gonna be a fun next four years for Reno County.

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  3. As the mother of one of those boys I can not began to express my gratitude for all you and the other coaches did for them. You worked so hard to not only build a successful football team, but to help build young men with strength, confidence, and character. I can only hope that as they look back on these years and this team they will come to appreciate the wonderful gift they recieved from you as their coaches and mentors in life. I had to just take a minute and reflect in amazement as they all sat in a row on their helmets at the last game. They have grown SO much and not just physically. I cant wait to see what they become! Maybe one of these days some of them will take your places on the sidelines and coach our grandsons. Thank you so much!

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  4. Shannon,

    Thanks so much that comment means a lot. Dane was a joy to have around! You guys do a great job of parenting him... In my opinion.. perfect mix of teaching him to be tough when needed but being there for him and supporting him. Made him easy to coach!

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  5. I'll tell you what... every year the HHS football players become ruder and more disrespectful. I had the pleasure of driving their big yellow tank to a game this year and this is going to be the last time I ever sign up for this assignment. I hope your son learns so much more then these boys do at the High School. The first boy that stepped on the bus snuck up in the dark and said "bang" really loud. He laughed with his friend and said... "did you think I was going to rob you? After all... I am a black man".He laughed and laughed with his friend. He mouthed off to me, along with half the team for the rest of the trip. They sang vulgar rap songs that even made me blush, and I'm an Eminem fan. They may as well have sang the old 2 Live Crew album "as nasty as they wanna be", remember that one?.. all the way back to Hutchinson. Not once did the coach say a word to them. I've done this for years now and believe me, nothing shocks me but these kids are punks and noone cares. Noone tells them otherwise. This is what Hutchinson is bringing its young people up to be like? Shame on them.

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  6. psychohousewife...

    I dont know all the boys currently on the team, but I do know several and they aren't like that. I wish the coaches wouldn't have let that happen... cause I hate to see the actions of a few be used to label a whole group.

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