What a truly genuine and personable man Coach Mendenhall is, so compassionate as he got to know us and Charlie. He had true empathy and concern for our situation, he cared. While we talked I had so many football questions that were going through my head that normally I would be dying to ask him but you could tell that his visit today wasn’t about opponents or depth charts it was about being there for a sick little boy and his family when they needed it. He made a comment about how sometimes we get caught up in wins and losses but in reality that stuff is secondary to things like this, things that make a real impact. He said that is what is truly rewarding. The high point of the visit for me was when he was handing out some Cougar wristbands to those of us in the room and when he got to me he took the one off his wrist and said that “this one made it through all of last season and hopefully it will help you make it through this.” I lost it a little, not gonna lie. It was great and Nixon and Rich are total studs for joining him on the trip and I think they might have even made a little bit of a Cougar fan out of my Ute wife.
I found out who arranged this and they have asked to remain nameless but in talking to them afterward they said that all they did was start the ball rolling and “The rest was all Bronco.” Nevertheless, thank you - thank you - thank you!!! And Coach, David and Andrew thank you, this means so much to us and maybe now Angel won’t get so mad at me for telling Britton that “ute” is a bad word and that “Rise and Shout” is the best song ever. What a day! The Coach was here!
Britton with no idea how big this is!
Charlie's new wristband and gear!
Coach sett'in up the boys w/ wristbands.
Cheryl Dee on Cloud 9!