Sep 25, 2010
I don't know if anyone here heard about the high school quarterback that died last week after throwing his second touchdown pass. Reggie Garrett had experienced a siezure when he was 3 yrs old but otherwise had a clean bill of health. This young man was a straight A student and excelled on the football field. He was a senior and already had offers extended to him from colleges in Iowa, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and others. Close to halftime, he trew for a touchdown, ran to the sidelines and collapsed. The coach ( a legend in Texas and has held his position for over 30 yrs, the stadium is named after him) was busy getting special teams out for the extra point. The medics rushed Reggie to the ER and at the end of the game it was announced that he never came back to. This is in a town of 30,000 residents (football crazy people). The news went national and has been all over AOL, CNN, etc.
Fast forward to last night 9/23/10. My child goes to a rival school on the outskirts of town and is band, so we go to the games. I went to the same school many years ago and my wife went to the rival school the Reggie attended. It has always been the fiercest of rivalrys. Last night Reggie's school cancelled their football game and there was instead a memorial service in Reggies honor. What brought me to tears was at halftime when our team was taking the field, the rival team came in with them , actually led the charge (all football players, coaches , drill team and some students. They intermingled the rest of the game, the rival drill team was in the stands and sidelines with ours, their football players were running the sidelines carrying our flags and cheering for our boys to win. It was a sight to behold, one that I never thought I would live to see. Needless to say, the team we were playing (that was picked to win) got routed 45-0 as they seemed to be playing against an unexplainable force. On the news afterward, the story wasn't about the win (BTW it was the game of the week in our community, so there was coverage by all the local networks)
Every football game played in a 100 mile circle of us honored the young quarterback, who even in death continues to bring miracles on and off the field. You can google Reggie Garrett if you haven't heard anything about this story. There is no explanation as to his death, even after the autopsy. It is a mystery to all. I had to share this experience as it has rocked our community, but last night was a fairytale experience.
** A side note: Reggie Garrett's dad played for the old coach, the Texas legend Dan Hooks. He was also coaching there when my wife attended the school.