You are the worst football player to every wear the burnt orange uniform. You didn't deserve to be on that field when that pass came your way. You shouldn't have dropped that EASY interception. If I was the coach I would take you off the starting defense and put you on the practice squad...check that; I would kick you off the team. I cant believe you dropped that pass! Turn in your pads and helmet! What were you thinking kid? You ruined our season! The only reason you are playing is cause' they don't have anyone else to play. Don't show your face in Austin ever again. Quit school now! This is all your fault!!!..............
There.....that's the hardest you will ever hear it! at least it better be...
Young man, you belong on that field now more so than ever. If the worst thing that ever happens to you in your life is dropping a potential interception to win a game, kiddo, you are gonna have a great life and I envy you. You were recruited by Texas because you can play. Didn't you break your back before? You committed to Texas knowing the level that the team competes on and what it takes just to play for Coach Brown. You earned the job as a FRESHMAN! A FRESHMAN!!! You have played above and beyond what anyone could have ever expected from a true freshman at the University of Texas. I am proud of you and I would take you and Earl over any other safety combo anytime!
Your character and courage and intestinal fortitude aren't tested when you are on top of the world; those things are tested when your back is against the wall and when you are at, what you perceive to be, the "bottom" emotionally and maybe even physically. Life is gonna throw you into some pretty tough situations if you're a football player or not. It's real easy for folks like us to criticize you and the other players when they mess up or make a mistake...we aren't playing, we have that luxury. You all don't and that is why you are actually PLAYING and we are not.
I don't need to tell you to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep your head up and do you know why? Because you have already done that and you certainly don't need a Marine to tell you that. You are a warrior and I wish I had your talent when I was your age.
I am the king of failures and I could tell you a thing or two about making a mistake...sometimes the same one over and over again. I am a success because of my failures and you will be too. Money, fame, awards, and admiration will leave as fast as it came but you know what matters to you most of all. You have some great peers and coaches around you but here is something you may not know...you have some darn great fans in your corner too.
As much as I love football and the Texas Longhorns at the end of the day the game gives me a chance to cheer for my team, takes my mind off of my stresses for a little while, and pales in comparison to what really matters in my life; my walk with the LORD, my family, my Marines, and going back into harms way which I am certain will visit me again soon. It's not matter of if, it's a matter of when. I have enjoyed watching you play and will enjoy watching you play like a spotted ape on Saturday. I feel real sorry for Baylor as I have some friends that are alumni and they let out a collective "Crap", when the dust settled and they realized that they are next.
Honor, Courage, and Commitment.....words that read a lot like a young man and a team from Austin that I watch on Saturday's.
Semper Fidelis....Always Faithful