This weekend is important to many of us because it is the last home game of Bud Foster. While his career is amazing and the value, attitude and identity he has brought to Tech is something that many of us hold dear, this game means a little more to me on a personal level.
I made a post in a thread about three years ago talking about how Virginia Tech football and The Key Play were a great distraction for me. At that time my son was still in treatment for childhood Leukemia and I spent many days in the hospital or at the clinic reading TKP, laughing or shaking my head at the comments, or just learning more about the game through film breakdowns from French.
During times of heavy stress it is necessary to find things that allow your mind to escape and to try and think of better times to come. As I sat with my son we would talk about all sorts of things from cartoons, to video games, to Hokie football. Inside I would hope that I would get the time to have more of these conversations, to teach him, to coach him and to share so many fun life experiences with him.
As a parent your worst nightmare is seeing your child fight for their life. We are lucky as my son Dominic is done with his over three years of treatment and is doing well, but we have friends that we met along the way that were not as lucky. Going through something like this changes what is important in your life and the priorities you have. It brings perspective to your career, your family relationships, and how you choose to spend your time.
This weekend I am spending my time with my 8 year old son... and we will be at his first Virginia Tech football game. He is going to experience Lane stadium, Enter Sandman and being able to watch his favorite college football team, that he hopes to play for some day, beat Pitt!
I was a senior at Tech and was at Bud Foster's first game coaching as a defensive coordinator. I will now be there when Bud Foster coaches his last game at Tech. I am thrilled to be able to be there, but for me the definition of strength, grit, perseverance and fight will not just be on the field that day, but will be sitting next to me in the stands yelling his little head off.
Thanks to the TKP community for being fans and staying positive. Hokie football is something that is awesome and should be appreciated and enjoyed no matter what. To me, win or lose, this game will mean a little bit more than most.