A Little Story of Jack & Brian – Part II (of II)

Yesterday, I launched part one of a two-part series involving five-year-old Jack Marshall and Northwestern senior safety Brian Peters. I really need you to click HERE to read part one so you can enjoy part two. I get it, I’m just as lazy as you are at clicking on click HERE stories, but I’m on to you. Really, click here – I don’t ask much.

Thanks.  So, we pick up where we left off yesterday. Young Jack was hard at work overcoming paralysis in his legs from an extreme case of the rare condidition called Transverse Myelitis. The ‘Cats were 7-4 with a home finale against ranked Wisconsin the only thing separating them from a potential New Year’s Day bowl game.  Jack was obsessed with showing off the fact he could walk to his hero, then sophomore, Brian Peters.  As I mentioned in the previous post, the multiple times per day YouTube videos of Northwestern wins, culled from this very site (and YouTube) thanks to Northwestern Highlights were the Rocky-like inspiration for Jack. His regimen reminds me of Dan Persa’s Achilles recovery. Up at 5:30 am to perform exercises in the home. Dad would take Jack to the pool for water exercises (more on that in a bit) and of course the near daily PT appointments for the kid who was not only convinced he’d “show Brian”, but had now convinced himself he was on track to earn a scholarship as a safety at Northwestern in  more than a decade.

Just five weeks earlier Patrick and Joanna Marshall had to turn away from purchasing a wheelchair as they thought it signaled defeat. Now, with the invite as Pat Fitzgerald’s special guest in hand, Jack was good enough to walk and show Brian Peters his stuff.  Thanksgiving was a mere five days away and the Marshalls were overdosing on counting their blessings. It was a cold, late afternoon game at Ryan Field and it would be a long day for young Jack. He was ready and so were his parents – at least they hoped.

The Badgers (8-3) were ranked #17 and led by Heisman candidate and star RB John Clay who seemed like a replica of Ron Dayne. It was senior day at Northwestern (7-4) and a win against the heavily favored Badgers would mean a tie with Big Red and a chance at a strong finish that would likely catapult their bowl hopes. It felt big time. Jack was, well, jacked. Cody Cedja, the NU football director of operations knew it was gameday for Jack as well and hooked the family up with special credentials that read “Special Guest, Pat Fitzgerald” and the Marshalls took to their customary season ticket seats they had yet to visit since the home opener. You might remember the incredible see-saw game which found Northwestern up 33-31 with just under two minutes to go and the Badgers were at the NU 46 yard line. The NU fans were glancing at the clock and doing the math for the game-winning FG position. Momentum was wearing red. Karma was wearing #10. 

John Clay took the handoff from QB Scott Tolzein and went to his left. Just as he darted for what seemed to be an open hole, Vince Browne had driven the Badgers OT and pushed him back in to the guard. Two Badgers stacked up moved backwards and Clay did the unthinkable – he fumbled. The ball squirted forward on the ground and time stood still for the Marshall family. There was Peters scooping it up like a shortstop and falling on it to all but seal the game. Bedlam reigned. Ryan Field was up for grabs. In the movie version of this moment the cutaways include our very own version of Leigh Ann Tuohy, Joanna, covering her mouth with her two hands, shaking, uttering “oh my God” with tears streaming down her face. Jack, being held up by his dad was jumping up and down on his legs, unaware of any pain, screaming his head off.  The fictional version cuts back to Peters being mobbed by a slew of his teammates as they realized this was the game.  Jack was mentally right there jumping on the pile.  As Peters raised his glove to the sky he pointed with the #1 sign and the Chicago Tribune would capture the moment on the front page of the Sunday paper. For Jack, the moment was seared in his brain. The students would pour on to the field a minute later, but for Jack, the fun was just beginning.

The Marshall family made its way to connect with Cody Cedja who had Jack wait with his parents in the foyer of the lockerroom building, just south of the entrance to Welsh-Ryan Arena. The waiting was tortuous. Cody Cedja was there and provided Jack with a full Northwestern goodie bag that included a T-shirt, program, sharpies, essentially all the tools to memorialize the night forever.  Cedja was the man behind the curtain on orchestrating this and the Marshalls were pretty surprised that  Pat Fitzgerald quickly emerged moments after his postgame speech..  He bent down to get eye-level with Jack and engaged him in a more than casual conversation.

Fitz gave a pep talk to Jack on his big night in November 2009

“He told me that I reminded him of his son” said Jack. When I pressed Jack for more he said “well, my hair color, my size and my age, his son is the same age as me, you know.” Joanna, sensing my line of questioning asked “what else?”.  “Oh yeah, his son his named Jack too.” This story isn’t about me, and I knew this info as Fitz and I have even joked about our respective kids – he has a hat trick of boys and I have a hat trick of girls.  But, I put myself in Fitz’s shoes that night, on the heels of a huge win and realized how much being eye to eye with Jack must have hit home.  “He was incredible” said Patrick. “Really, just completely engaging and genuine. It meant a lot to us.” Jack thought this was pretty cool, but he was waiting for you know who. Cody was pacing in and out of the lockerroom. Then, the moment came.

Brian Peters emerged from the ‘Cats party atmosphere of a winning lockerroom and was in full uniform, pads, jersey and all. He hadn’t even washed the eye black smeared on his face.  Jack instantly gave him a high five.  Brian instinctively took off his left glove and handed it to Jack. Jack may not know who Mean Joe Greene is, but this was that moment. A deep connection with his hero had manifested itself in getting a piece of Brian to take home – a game worn glove. Just two months earlier Brian was playing video games with a kid who was paralyzed and now, just outside of the lockerroom, the guy who had made the game-winning fumble recovery was blown away. Jack strutted his stuff and showed Brian how he could walk on his own. “That is awesome” Brian said.  “It was pretty neat to see him like that. I couldn’t believe it. I snuck him in the lockerroom for a quick minute and gave him the glove.” Brian asked Jack to wait for him to change up so he could spend more time with him. By this point, Jack couldn’t even tell if he was walking as he was floating on air.

The time passed quickly as Jack grabbed player autograph after player autograph. The Marshalls, proud ‘Cat fans to begin with, were overally impressed with the personable approach. There was Mike Kafka posing for pictures. Corey Wootton, Mike Trumpy..the parade went on and on. They were pretty confident Cody was prepping the players about the story.  Finally, Brian emerged decked out in his suit and tie and they had a chance to talk more in depth.  Jack told him about his rehab and Brian told him to keep up the hard work and determination and to stay in touch. The air cast on Brian’s hand seemed pretty insignificant on this night.

The beauty of this story was that this night marked a beginning, not an end. The very next morning the Marshalls opened the Chicago Tribune to see the glove – JACK’s GLOVE – on the front page.  That was it. Jack would not separate it and refused to wash it (for fear of erasing the #10 inscribed on it in pen).  “That thing stunk as he took it everywhere.” recalled Patrick.

Peters INT in the Outback Bowl was reenacted daily by Jack

The next stop was the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL.  We all know the result, but there was Jack focused on #10. You might have forgotten that Brian Peters made an absolutely ridiculous ESPN Sportscenter Highlight interception. Down 21-7 with Auburn driving in the third, Peters made an acrobatic one-handed pick and somehow managed to stay in bounds. Jack was clenching the glove feeling like he had some magic impact on the play. Little did he know he’d be impacting Brian in just a bit. “The next time I saw him it was at the Outback Bowl and there he was wearing the glove. I lit up when I saw him” said Brian. “Every time I see that kid, it makes me smile. It’s money in the bank.”

Back at the hotel after the devastating, but thrillling game (Jack doesn’t want you to know, but like many of us, he cried after the loss) Joanna spotted Brian’s parents, Jeff and Carla.  Joanna grabbed Jack’s hand and introduced Jack to his idol’s parents. More importantly, she recounted the story that you now know.  “I told them I didn’t know if they knew it, but their son inspired Jack to walk again. I told them the whole story” Joanna said. As you can imagine,  both Jeff and Carla lost it.  Joanna remembers that Carla said something to the effect of never having been more proud of her son in all her life.  I nearly lost it this time. Another friendship was born.

Within a few days of returning home Jack got a box shipped from Pickerington, Ohio. Carla and Jeff had sent him his very own #10 Brian Peters jersey.  Life could not have been better. Jack was still needing daily exercises and regular PT visits. Several days a week Patrick was taking his son to the pool at Swedish Covenant Hospital.  Water exercises were great for Jack and he attended some classes. He was the youngest participant by about 70 years. “The folks lit up at Jack from the moment he got in the water” Patrick said. “Jack was asking where the rubber sharks and fun toys were and they all laughed. Soon, that pool had balls and fun things to make the workouts manageable.”

It was basketball season and the Marshall family has season tickets there as well. Jack sported his Brian Peters jersey to the first game after the Outback Bowl and sure enough Brian, who attends a lot of games, found him. “We’d see each other all the time at basketball games because we both would go. We really got to know each other during that season.” By now, every friend at school and on Jack’s  block knew how to find the safety on TV.  The Peters jersey, the glove, they were great, but the visits? Money. The relationship continued through the 2010 season – basketball, spring football and in to the 2010 season.

By last season, the ritual became weekly. The physical therapy visits declined, the home exercises continued, but every home game Jack and his family would head to the lot where Brian’s car would be. “He knows his spot, his car and of course those Ohio plates, by heart” said Joanna. “I see him after every home game” Brian admitted. The postgame catch-up includes Jack showing new wrinkles in his progress, games of catching the ball and the Marshalls tailgating with the Peters family.  “My parents are good friends now with Joanna and Patrick” said Brian. “Jack’s parents are great. They’re such an incredible support system for Jack, I really admire what they’ve done and they’re great people to have in my life as well.

Halloween is Brian Peters birthday (happy belated Brian!).  By 2010, this fact was well known by Jack. I’ll give you one guess

Halloween 2010 - Jack Marshall as Brian Peters - note the glove

who he went as in 2010. Yup, Brian Peters. “That was an expensive one. We had to get the actual real Northwestern helmet” Joanna said. By now, I’m finding myself just in complete disbelief that I didn’t know about this story.  I’m holding the helmet in my hands in the Marshall’s kitchen last Thursday night. After an hour or so, Jack has warmed up to me on our stroll down memory lane.  Every Wildcat artifact is out for display including what I call the “shrine”, a framed collection of ticket stubs, the signed T-shirt from the Wisconsin game and of course “the glove”.   I keep double-checking the timeline as we’re only through most of 2010 and yet, we have a full year to catch-up on.  So, I asked Jack to show me his daily exercises.  Joanna props up the IPad to show how it works with the daily consumption of NU highlight videos.  The Marshalls explain that he has little to no muscle in one thigh, a fact Jack acknowledges, but it won’t let him stop him.  He loves football and baseball, but, this year he resorted to playing in games for fun as the Marshalls realized he couldn’t quite go the organized sports route with the leg not quite strong enough to compete. I couldn’t tell at all and by now I find myself getting drawn back to being a 7-year-old. Visions of eating cereal, the sports section and Sports Illustrated came over me. Yet, there I am talking as a 38-year-old and Jack and I are on the same page.  I see a lot of me in Jack, or is it Jack in me?  I show him my scar from back surgery and he shows me his exercises. When it gets I too serious he starts to show off his wares. He has a phenomenal painting he made of Dan Persa against Illinois in art class in  September. He’s still kind of ticked at his teacher who forced him to use a more blue shade than purple to contrast the orange. It looks almost dead on of the Persa photo from the Tribune after the Illini loss, but I find out he made it before  the game. It sparks a conversation about 2010 and the Wrigley Game. Jack tests my knowledge about a great trivia question he has. “Who is the only Wildcat to score a TD in the east endzone at Wrigley?” Clearly, it’s Brian. Clearly, this is the coolest trivia question I’ve ever been asked. Then, I’m completely sucked in, lump in the throat and all, when I see the Christmas list from 2010.  Here is the photo:

 
Jack Marshall's Christmas List - 2010

It reads:

1)Dan Persa’s autograph
2)NU to win a bowl game
3)To play Brian Peters – NCAA playstation football
4)A new Brian Peters jersey cuse (sic) its to(o) small
5)legos
6)new golf clubs
7)go to Tickit (sic) City Bowl

How cute is that? We talk about the meetings with Brian and the realization sets in that the relationship has spanned more than two years at this point, which is more than 25% of Jack’s life. We talk about what he wants to do when he grows up and without hesitation he tells me “play football at Northwestern.”  I realize that the odds are stacked against any kid to play Big Ten football, let alone Jack, whose parents inform me that with the exercises and physical therapy he’ll be blessed and lead a relatively normal life.  The atrophy of muscle in the one leg is severe and he’s told it will never be fully capable. I try to figure out how to diplomatically ask “what if?” in regards to his dreams because I sure as hell am not going to doubt this kid. I go for it. “What if you don’t play football, what would you do?” I asked. “I’d coach.” I find out at this moment that is what Pat Fitzgerald encouraged him to do when he talked eye to eye and man to man with him. I’m desperate to make the emotional connection between Jack and Brian come out of his mouth, but it’s hard for Jack to understand what I’m getting at. Afterall, he and Brian are best buds. I ask him what the first thing that pops in to his mind when he hears the words “Brian Peters” and he looked at me sternly, but in a shy manner, and without a word, he tapped his thigh, the one he’s told will never be quite right.

My mind flips back to my interview at Northwestern, just 36 hours earlier with Brian.  The most fun memory Brian has is the

Jack's NU "Shrine"

day he and Mike Trumpy visited Jack on his 7th birthday, this past June. I joked with Brian and asked if he went Will Ferrell on Jack’s friends. “No, there was no spiking on little kids or anything like that. Trumpy came with me because he knows the story and remembers meeting Jack two years ago. We played 500 on our knees. It was a blast. It was really fun.”  Joanna remembers the day vividly. “Many of Jack’s friends now go to NU games because of the relationship. I remember that Brian was wearing one of those Under Armour-type tight fit jerseys.  Many of the kids’ moms were there and let’s just say many of them are now regular attendees at Northwestern games as well. Seriously though, to Jack, this was like having Michael Jordan come to your birthday party.”

It’s no secret that 2011 has been a major disappointment to date, and especially at the time when I conducted the interviews last week. However, win or lose, Brian meets Jack at his car after every game.  Each game Jack will try and share a new improvement and Brian offers the acknowledgement and encouragement he wants and needs. After the Michigan game, Peters went right to work and watched tape on his own to try and ease the pain of another tough loss. It was nearly 11:30 by the time he made it to his car. Jack had refused to leave despite it being way past his bedtime. Obviously, perspective was in order for Brian. “It’s a humbling experience. I don’t know if he knows this, but he motivates me.” 

It became clear to me that Brian was of the “I don’t really do anything special” mode when I interviewed him for the story. I felt like Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting at the emotional final scene trying to take any which angle to get Brian to understand and accept some gratitude from me, the go between, the storyteller, for impacting a life. I follow-up on the motivation quote above and he finally gives in offering at least tacit acceptance. “If the motivation is mutual then that’s great. We’ll just grow together in the future.”

Brian’s senior season is coming to a close. There were only five games left at the time of the interview.  “I think we can win them all” said Jack. “Well, let’s see, maybe not Nebraska, but every other one we will.”  Even the most optimistic kid I’ve met has his limitations. I ask Brian if he sees the friendship extending beyond graduation and without blinking he said “I guarantee it. I plan on coming back for football games and basketball games. Plus, I have to make sure Jack doesn’t start to think about moving on and replacing that #10 jersey!” When I ask Jack about the realization that Brian is going to graduate and what that means for their friendship, he of course, has it all figured out.  “He’s going to play for the Chicago Bears and get to play with his old teammate Corey Wootton.”

By now I’m saying my good-byes and heading for the door. I ask Jack for a prediction for Saturday against Indiana and he pronounces definite victory. I ask about Brian and whether he’ll factor in to the game. “Yeah, I think he’s going to get a sack and force a fumble.” I challenge with a follow-up on how confident he is of his prediction. “Well, I’m not sure, but I think he’s going to make a big play.” At this moment Jack is inspired. “Mom, I want to go to Indiana, can we go?”.  The Leigh Ann Tuohy character emerges in Joanna and it is game on- mission Bloomington.

Less than 36 hours later the ‘Cats found themselves down 7-3 with Indiana and Tre Roberson marching once again. Roberson threw to the sideline and Peters had read it beautifully making an all out dive with outstretched hands to make his 10th career pick. Somewhere in Memorial Stadium the Marshalls were going nuts. I was on the couch doing the same.  I shook my head and just basked in the power of sport.  A college senior. A 7-year-old. A life impacted forever. A dose of perspective in a season in need of just that. Thank you Jack and thank you Brian. I look forward to checking in down the road.

  • VAWildcat

    Thanks, LTP. Nice tribute to Jack and Brian and their families.

  • LookGoodInPurple

    As a fan and a father, this story really affected me. Such great stuff, LTP.

  • Steve K

    Best blog ever.

    Thanks, Brian Peters, for reminding us why we love NU football.
    And thanks, Jack, for simply being who you are.

  • Catman

    These types of stories distinquishes the difference of the players at Northwestern than other Big Ten schools. We may not win every game but the caliber (heart) of our players (Brian Peters) and others cannot be matched by anyone else.

    Cheers to each of these fine young men!! Thanks to LTP for sharing this story as it is truly inspirational… Go Cats and Beat Nebraska!!

    • Jim

      Kudos to LTP !!!

      It’s extraordinarily thoughtful for LTP to remind us of the drama of sports and the multi-faceted impact it has.

      This story has special resonance in the context of a very frustrating season for fans, team members and everyone else touched by NU football. Kinda’ puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it ?

      No doubt about it, winning and building a tradition of athletic excellence is important.
      But, the glow of that tradition lives on through the character that is built in the process and the lives that continue to be impacted after the game is over.

  • dar0628

    Awesome story, LTP.

    I’m so glad Brian and our other football players are such high quality young men. This is just one story and there are many others proving the selflessness of our players. They are truly great role models, and as well as LTP does getting new Northwestern fans into Ryan Field, the players have the most impact to inspire the next generation that cheers on the ‘Cats.

    And for Jack, I hope he’s involved with the Northwestern football program in one way or another when he grows up.

    Go ‘Cats!

    • Lake The Posts

      Indeed. The halo effect of Brian’s relationship has translated in to quite a few ticket sales and a bunch of second graders in Lincoln Square looking up to #10.

  • Wildcat86

    Next time this fan base is going off on “talent issues” let’s just stop for a second and be thankful we don’t have “character issues”. What an inspiring story, thank you, LTP. But more importantly, thank you #10.

  • LansingCat

    That is a great story. Awesome work Jack! Great character Brian! Moving story with great storytelling by LTP.

    Time to dry my eyes and head for PT!

    Lansing

  • LTP, thanks for sharing. This was an amazing read.

    Jack, keep up the great work. I was the only NU fan in my school as a kid and wasn’t able to convert anyone. You’re clearly doing a great job at growing Northwestern’s fan base. We need many more like you. And I look forward to hearing about your great progress in the future!

  • Mark

    It’s a beautiful game but this type of stuff is so much more important. To impact lives is much more important. (But it is still nice to win.) I’m especially proud of the Ohio guys on this year’s team, including Peters.

    Go Cats!

  • SB

    BP, class act.

  • PBR Cat

    What a beautiful and inspiring story. This is why many of us identify with athletics and prefer college sports.

    God bless Jack Marshall and congratulations to Brian Peters.

  • lunker35

    Thanks for sharing that with us LTP! What a great story. It makes me so proud to be a fan/alumni.

  • LACatFan

    LTP, fantastic job. And to Jack and Brian, well done lads. As the Dad of two boys (6 and 9 and diehard Cats fans), you’re both an inspiration.

    Go Cats! And Go Jack!

  • Eastside Cat

    LTP, you’ve outdone yourself. Makes me even more proud to be a Cats fan.

  • D’son D

    Thanks, LTP. Every once in a while there is a story which defines what good really is. And what really matters in life. And how the simplest of niceties return to us ten fold. Brian is not just a member of the NU community but a product of his parents and upbringing. Thanks for making Brian such a great represntative of all that is right in the world. And to Jack who has yet to learn the meaning of the word can’t.

  • Montana Wildcat`

    Wow! What a story.

  • Wildcats99

    Amazing story LTP! This Jack & Brian story makes me so proud to be an NU alum. To inspire people and to be inspired is so powerful! Puts everything into perspective.

  • NPES Parent

    Amazing story. Brian’s actions are a reminder to us all that the little things in life really can have a huge impact. Hope Jack continues to gain strength and with that “will” I am confident he will be successful in whatever he chooses. Inspiring Patrick and Joanna- I will be sharing the story with my kids tonight.

  • Rossington

    Thanks, LTP, for telling the story so well and thanks to Jack and Brian for sharing it.

  • Jack’s Mom

    I couldnt have imagined anyone telling this story better…..there is a reason our paths crossed at the Army game in NYC….this was meant for you to tell LTP!

    I remember when you were at my house last week – you asked me why I am such a Cats fan…..Im a fan ofcourse because of my undergrad bond and my brothers and husband having ties as well – but Im a super fan because of who these boys are, what this program represents and what they have done to support my son – and my family. Lifting Jack’s spirits at a very difficult time, lifted mine. Maybe this piece will have that effect on others – the human side of these kids and how they effect youth off the field….Jack will be a superfan for life….and he will inspire others to be fans too along the way….and he will spread this life lesson with many for years to come…..

    That is what we forget in the midst of the wins and losses – and that is what separates NU from many many other schools – the character of these student athletics. Perhaps that is Fitz’s gift to them…..one that will take them much farther in life than the game they perhaps leave behind……

    I am forever grateful to this program for how they have inspired Jack…..

    Thank you again for the story

    Jack’s Mom

    Oh – and for everyone out there….Jack is reading all the comments – he loves them. LTP is now inspiring him as well. Thank you all!!!

  • allpurple

    What an inspiring story-both Jack and Brian share the ‘can do’ spirit. I have no doubt Jack & Brian will come out on top no matter what they do or where they are.

  • Kate

    Wonderful story from a Ducks fan in Portland. Hope Jack and Brian have continued success in sports and in life.

  • CM

    A tremendous story. Jack is an incredible inspiration!

    Winning in football may be remembered in the short term, but I know that character is the thing that truly lasts. Brian sure has it, and I know a whole bunch of other Wildcats that do too. We’ve got a fantastic program in Evanston. No question about it.

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    • Great piece! Very well written.

      Shades of Friends of Jacyln.

      I’m the proud parent of a Medill Senior and I see the kind of character that Jack and Brian have in so many of the Athletes and students of all disciplines at Northwestern.

      An inspiration to all and a reminder that small gestures of kindness can have huge impacts on peoples lives.

      I look forward to someday reading about a young man named Jack, and the wonderful things he does.

  • Hoosier fan

    While this story highlighted two painful Hoosier losses for me, it also inspired me and moved me and I’m thankful as a Hoosier fan for stumbling upon it. I have tremendous admiration for both Brian and Jack and wish them both well for the rest of the season and beyond.

  • MC

    Very inspiring! Jack is awesome, what a great attitude and determination.

  • Bucko

    Great story, LTP. It tugs at the heart of any parent. I even got my wife to read Lake The Posts.

    Jack has the heart of a Wildcat! I am sure that we will be hearing great things about him in years to come.

    Brian Peters’ reaction to LTP’s questions is what we should all strive for. He did not consider himself special because he was merely doing the right thing! He is representive all of NU’s athletes. Virtually, every man and woman is involved in community service.

    And speaking of parents, I want to congratulate 2 sets of them. The Marshalls for their courage and fortitude and for the values that they have instilled in their children. The Peters for raising a son with a sense of kindness and charity that has become second nature to him. Keep up the great jobs you have done.

    Now for my only complaint. That is for LTP nation. There have not been as many responses to the 2 parts of this story combined as there are to a typical blog following a loss. If you can spend hours complaining about players, coaches and other bloggers, you can spend a few minutes to complement these families that represent the entire NU community so well.

  • picktown teacher

    Thank you for showing all the NU fans what we in Pickerington OH have always known!! Brian is a phenomenal role model for any kid and we are so proud to say he was \ours\ first!! God bless Jack and his family and they road they have to travel. Wonderful story.

  • Cliff Albert

    Jack – You are just amazing and an example of human strength and determination for all of us. While I might have lived more years than you, you’ve thought me a life lesson that I’ll never forget. You are just amazing. Thanks buddy.

    Cliff

  • Helen Lin-Murphy

    I went to college with Jack’s mom Joanna and know this inspiring story… But not like the way you told it! Wow, so movingly captured!!

    There are so many heroes among us. So many. Fitting that a child can inspire the hero in all of us!

    Kudos.

  • DebbieAGD

    What a truly inspirational story. I have never met Brian but I know his parents from GlenOak High School in Canton, OH and both their families are class acts! What a proud moment for them and all of the state of Ohio! I hope others from Ohio are able to read this inspirational story of how all athletes should conduct themselves on and off the field. What a “Life” lesson.
    I hope Jack continues to improve and I know his relationship with Brian will be forever.
    Now that is a Role Model! Love and prayers to all the families involved <3

  • Sue

    Such an inspiring story. Thank you, and good luck to Jack and his family.