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A reminder of why they really play

November 13, 2008

During a period in which political rhetoric and talk about greed in big business have dominated the news, it may be appropriate to reflect that sometimes, the good news merits our attention.

Recently, The Associated Press carried a particularly heartwarming report from Wisconsin. If you missed it, here are the essential details:

Darin Weiks, 17, of Wausau, Wis., has always wanted to play football. He can't, because of a rare liver disease. Doctors worry that a hard hit during a football game could rupture his liver.

But, during the last football game of the year for his high school, Weiks scored three points, as a kicker. It was the only time he ever has suited up and gone on to the field.

Needless to say, a lot had to go into what happened that night. Coaches and players at Weiks' Athens High School deserve enormous credit. So do coaches and players for the opposing team, Abbotsford High School.

Sometimes, high school athletics really does build character. And occasionally, it reminds us that some people have their priorities firmly in order.



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