The Choice for Saving Lives

Save Me A Spot

posted by ctadmin on July 21st, 2010 | Comments (9)

We wanted to share this story with all  sports enthusiasts and non-sport enthusiasts alike.  This is written by a sports anchor from Fox 6 in Milwaukee .  It doesn’t get any better than this.

“Save Me A Spot”

This job affords me some incredible opportunities. Being a member of the FOX 6 Sports team means I’ve been able to witness and report on events and people that many can only admire from a distance. I never take these situations for granted and sincerely appreciate being involved in whatever capacity each permits.
 
Monday marked just the most recent case as I had the unparalleled privilege to be a part of Aaron Rodgers charity event to benefit the MACC Fund, a charity towards eradicating childhood cancer and blood disorders.

Scattered throughout the crowd of rabid Packers aficionados, were the people who I consider the event’s real MVPs. They are the families who’ve been forced to deal with one of life’s toughest sentences – the loss of a child.

Those who sprung for the tickets were not disappointed. In a world where many athletes regurgitate canned and rehearsed responses, the Packers quarterback was refreshingly candid. Aaron addressed a number of topics with in-depth, honest reaction – even some that if reprinted and mass distributed might raise some eyebrows.
 
Aaron stressed the importance of availability and accountability. In his opinion, it is a player’s responsibility to attend all of the team activities as they are all intended to better the team as a whole. And then, similarly, he addressed the importance of taking the heat/criticism when one falls short of expectations and duties.
 
He is never nervous to take the field. Aaron is supremely confident in the preparation he’s put in during the week leading up to Sunday’s match up. The way the 2009 season ended was disappointing but his self-confidence was not affected by the outcome. One of the toughest realizations was that that combination of players would never take the field together again. He likened the team to a family and admitted that conflict can and does occasionally exist but they try to handle such situations with maturity and civility.
 
He talked music and his love for tunes at a young age revealing that his mom used to sing and play lullabies and country music when he was a child. Aaron’s record label Suspended Sunrise is a product of this passion but also a contingency plan for life after football. His favorite song is Ben Harper’s ‘Forever’ and he’s envious of John Mayer’s guitar skills though not his tabloid reputation. He appreciated my affinity for Keith Urban but gave the audience a thumbs-down when I mentioned fellow country crooner Kenny Chesney.
 
His favorite book is The Bible and he tries to read it every day not just when life’s challenges and struggles surface.
 
His favorite movie is The Princess Bride which he admits he’s caught flack for but says he andhis childhood friends can recite every line from the film and it is simply a great story.

Rodgers’ answers  to questions on this night were certainly admirable. And I honestly didn’t think I could respect Aaron more.    But I was wrong.
 
My friend, the father of that young girl who passed, was there that night. He was one of several attendees brought up on stage where he caught a football thrown by the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

He asked Aaron to sign the football he’d caught. He wondered if he’d make it out to his daughter. It isn’t shocking that Rodgers obliged. What caught me off guard was the dedication he made. It wasn’t until after Aaron left that I first saw the autograph… and the simple yet sweet message that brought tears to this father’s eyes: “To Cheri the angel. Save me a spot. – Aaron Rodgers”

I hope that Packers fans realize how lucky they are to have such an upstanding young man leading their team on the field every weekend. I hope they appreciate the challenges that were thrust upon him and acknowledge the maturity with which he handled them. I hope they stand behind the kid and respect him not only for his incredible talent but for his intelligence and honesty, poise and compassion.
 
My job has afforded me the chance to watch Aaron Rodgers play football for the last few seasons. But I am truly thankful for the opportunity to see the other side of this impressive young man. And pass on some of what I witnessed to you.

9 Responses to “Save Me A Spot”

  1. Liz Fleming says:

    Tears are rolling down my eyes – so glad Aaron gets it and can pass the beautiful message along. I will have my 11 year old read this article. We will all be cheering for Aaron this season. This made my day.

  2. Liz Fleming says:

    Tears are rolling down my eyes – so glad Aaron gets it and can pass the beautiful message along. I will have my 11 year old read this article. We will all be cheering for Aaron this season. This made my day.

  3. Gerry Sickler says:

    What a great story about Aaron Rodgers. He comes across as that great person on the field and I am glad he is the quarterback that replaced Brett Favre. I hope he never changes and remains as humble as he appears to be …………… that’s what really makes one successful.

  4. Gerry Sickler says:

    What a great story about Aaron Rodgers. He comes across as that great person on the field and I am glad he is the quarterback that replaced Brett Favre. I hope he never changes and remains as humble as he appears to be …………… that’s what really makes one successful.

  5. Jacquie Hammer says:

    What a wonderful young man – with a tear in my eye after reading what he wrote for Cheri’s father – I am so proud to be a Packers fan and will be cheering for Aaron all season long and hopefully for many seasons to come!

  6. Jacquie Hammer says:

    What a wonderful young man – with a tear in my eye after reading what he wrote for Cheri’s father – I am so proud to be a Packers fan and will be cheering for Aaron all season long and hopefully for many seasons to come!

  7. Save Me A Spot
    Cancer Talk
    is an interesting name for a blog, keep up the good work, thanks, from Chadwick Brennan

  8. Ken says:

    One other thing that proves to those who need proof that Aaron is a very special man, indeed. This is a fact: For a couple of years Aaron Rodgers, elite NFL quarterback, has helped his neighbors out by BABYSITTING their children so they can have a free night from time to time! This is a well-known story in Green Bay, a small community, but most of the NFL doesn’t know what a down-to-earth this super-talented man really is! Does any other QB in the league volunteer to watch his neighbors kids so they can have a night out? Anyone? (sound of crickets chirping)

    Ken

  9. Georgia Selden says:

    What an awesome young man w/ true character!!

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