LET'S HEAR IT FOR MOM AND DAD
I've been covering signing day in ATL for a dozen years, before that, In Panama City & Tallahasee, & West Palm Beach ... This dates back to 1994.
It's a stressful, beautiful day.
Let's me explain.
In 1993, it was a trip to two , maybe three high schools. Mom and Dad were alongside their son, he would sign, put on a hat , done.
Fast Forward to 2015.
Signing day 2015 at the College football hall of fame was a spectacle. In a good way.
All that was missing was the Jets fans booing.
680, Fox 5, and the CFB hall of fame did an extraordinary job of 1]making the PARENTS feel welcome!!!!!
2} the student athlete, future cfb player feel special
and 3} making the media happy to be there.
over 200 young men came through. Each with their respective college hats. So proud.
And they should be.
off to the side,
Most with their iphones and ipads front and center to record the moment, were mom and dad.
or just mom...
or just dad.
I've learned that the greatest gift on signing day, is watching the parents.
Watching the family.
Mom and Dad have sat through the pee wee football, the midget, the middle school, the broken bones, the headaches, the high school.
The recruiting process, the coaches calling, the girls calling.... the pressure.
And , after all is said and done, do you know that most young men will side with .........
Mom is ALWAYS THERE. Moms are the biggest presence at signing day.
Moms have the Ipads up recording the day.
Moms are proud.
I love watching. These kids have no idea what they're about to embark on.
The moms do.
Here's to you , moms.
You should grab a hat on the table that reads MVP~
Here's a kleenex.