Friday, September 25, 2009

Stay Classy



Have you heard the Thamail Morgan story? He's a high school football player that got himself into a bit of trouble and had to change schools in order to be eligible to play. He was on the radar of many top NCAA schools prior to the incident but would now have to start over. He's got a good atart...

Earlier this month, the small co-op team Yelleville-Summit had a pep rally. Five of it's football team left when it was over to grab some food. One didn't survive the trip.

Morgan's school, Cave City, would be the first school to play the small co-op after their tragic loss. Cave City got out in front immediately and although Yelleville-Summit wanted to play to get back to a normal life, they also seemed to want it to be over.

The score was 34-16 with only seconds to go in the 4th quarter when the losing team kicked the ball off. They kicked right to Morgan, something nobody expected. He easily passed midfield and was headed for another score. But then...he stopped...just before the goal line and took a knee. Instead of running up the score even more he decided to be classy. The ArkansasVarsity.com article tells it this way:

"Before the game, we as a team talked about being classy,'' he said. "We did not want to come out in a game like this and not show any class.

"As I was running, some of my teammates told me not to score, and I knew that scoring was not the right thing to do."

He was glad to be a part of what happened.

"I just want to thank my teammates for not only being classy all night, but pushing me to be classy as well,'' he said.

The gesture was well received.


Stay classy everyone and have a great weekend!

5 comments:

Pete Girotto said...

I always love hearing stories like this. Morgan's classy (and respectful) move that night will hopefully rub off on all those that had the opportunity to witness that moment.

Apryl DeLancey said...

I love these stories also - it really helps keep things in perspective, eh?

Lindsay said...

Great story. I had not heard about this. It's not something I'd expect from a high school football player or team.

Also love the Anchorman video. :)

Heather said...

That's an awesome story, and a hilarious clip. I like a post that combines a great human interest story with a laugh too!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah - there is ALWAYS a little room for comic relief!