High School Basketball Player Brings Tears To His Coach's Eyes With Touching Postgame Comments
After Eufaula High School suffered a one-point overtime loss in the Alabama state title game, emotions were running high among the players, coaches, and parents. Although senior Terrell Jones had a spectacular game with 20 points, he spent the final minutes of his high school playing days on the bench, having fouled out.
But following his team’s effort, he offered some touching words about his time with the team that not only put everything in perspective but also brought about many more tears with his touching sentiment.
He had every reason to be disappointed, but instead, Jones was optimistic, nostalgic, and grateful all at once. His heartfelt words hit his coach, Michael Smith, especially hard.
A transcript of his comments (via FTW) reads:
“It’s been a long time since Eufaula has been in the state championship. Since Day 1, I remember the first day Coach Smith came in the gym. He told me — he said, ‘If you want to be a state champion, you gotta be different. Everybody can’t be a state champion.’
I’ve never forgotten a word that man said to me. Each and every second that wind down, I was just thinking, ‘I gotta be different. I gotta separate myself. I gotta separate myself to show that I’m different.’ Because I wanted to be a state champion. We fell one-point short.
But I know all those young guys in that locker room, they have a bright future. Because everything that I’ve been through, they’re going through and they still have to go through. It’s only gonna make them better. This man right there is the best coach I’ve ever had in my life. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.”
The clip ends with Smith doing his best to wipe away tears as he takes in the tribute from a player who clearly learned the right lessons under his coaching.
Share image via Rocco DiSangro/Twitter.
Serena Williams just exposed one of the most sexist double standards in all of sports. The closer you look the more unbelievable it becomes.
Serena Williams responds to backlash about her catsuit by competing in a tutu “The policing of women’s bodies must end.”
Week One Of The NFL Preseason Brings Player Protests And Outrage From The President Two players from the Miami Dolphins kneeled during the national anthem
Team Fox Athletes Race Toward A Cure For Parkinson’s Disease “If I can do it, anybody can do it.”
Hope Solo Believes The High Cost Of Youth Soccer Is Hurting The State Of The Game Club soccer can cost families $17,000 a year, according to a recent report.
Surfer, New Mom, And Philanthropist Alana Blanchard Wants To Help Young Female Surfers Realize Their Dreams The cost for young surfers to compete can be daunting without major sponsors and brands to help with travel and contest fees, so she created the Alana Blanchard Foundation.
‘Workers Cup’ Film Highlights The Complicated Preparations For The 2022 World Cup In Qatar, workers balance their love of soccer with the burden of treacherous work conditions.
Becky Hammon Becomes The First Female Assistant Head Coach In All 4 Major U.S. Sports She may have a head coaching gig in her sights as well.