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The Young Football
Player Who Went All-Out so His Blind Father Could "See" Him Play-Unproven!
eRumor: The touching story of a
kid who was small for his size, but kept doing his best at football,
cheered by his loving father. Despite the fact that the boy
virtually never got to play, his father was always there supporting
his son. The son went to college where he managed to get onto
the football team, but mostly because of his inspiration, not his
skill. Even though he warmed the bench all through his college
football career, his father bought season tickets and was at every
game. At the end of the son's senior year, he got word that
his father had died. The football coach released him from
further practices and from the final game of the season as
well. On the day of the big game, however, the son showed up
to play and begged to be given a chance on the field. He
performed brilliantly and contributed to winning the game.
Afterwards, he told his coach that the reason was because his father
had been blind and that was the first time he could watch his son
Truth: We've not found any
substantiation for this story. Some versions of it say it is
told by former U.S. pole-vault champion Bob Richards. No
identifying information is given such as names, years, or
locations. If the story is true, some aspects of this version
of it are not credible. Even if a previously unused player got
on the field and did something notable, it is not likely that he
would suddenly become the main guy handling the ball and doing
receiving, passing, and blocking.
This may be the story on which the eRumor about "Robby"
has been based regarding an alleged victim of the 1995 bombing of
the U.S. Federal building in Oklahoma City.
A real example of the story as it has
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