Monday, June 25, 2012

Major Applewhite

The greatest quarterback in the history of Texas football, as far as I am concerned, was Major Applewhite. Regardless of which university you rooted for, you had to like that kid.

He wasn't very big. He didn't have a strong arm. But he was a great team leader.

As he approached his senior season at the University of Texas, he held every record in the book. Yet most of the year he sat on the bench, while a freshman phenom took his spot in the lineup. He never complained. He never second-guessed his coach. He settled for playing second fiddle. And he coached the young quarterback from the sideline. He said what mattered most was that the team won.

In the last game of his college career, the University of Texas was playing in the Holiday Bowl. The coach put him in the game, and he led the Longhorns to a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

May the spirit of Major Applewhite live in each of you today.

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