I find football players entering the Hall of Fame tend to do it more humble than baseball players -- who act as if they are being anointed to sainthood.
I can see why Willie Roaf is a Hall of Famer today -- he comes from Hall of Fame lineage. You probably will not see this speech anywhere except this story by Wright Thompson. The father was a dentist and the mother, a state Supreme Court justice. The background of many of the family members almost makes Willie Roaf seem like the ne'er do well. AWESOME STORY!!
"One of the things that saddens me is that his mother is not here," he says. "In person ... She's here in spirit. But she did so much for the development of the character of this child, and she put so much into all these children. Even though she was truly an academic and an intellect, she did love sports. And this would just make her heart glow."
The conversation is about to move on, but Cliff is still thinking about the names from Phoebe's prayer, remembering those people, and the ones who came before them, the long lines of invisible ghosts that trail each one of us. He thinks about all of their secret desires and struggles, and what started as a hilarious recounting of Big Willie stories is about to become something else entirely.
"I want you to get the essence of what she just said," he says. "In order for you to understand what she said, I have to go back a little bit in history.""
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