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Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix is the home of the Cardinals football team and they are coached by Bruce Arians. 

Bruce was my head coach at Temple University and here is my fav story with him:

One day my father came up to practice to check things out and said that he wanted to talk to coach. I said 'cool' and told my father to ask him if i was ever going to get some playing time - I was a walk-on. 

I watched my father go up to coach and talk and talk...and talk some more.  And then, I saw something that I didn't expect: I saw my dad cry.

WTF, I thought. 

"What happened," I asked.

My father said, "Coach Arians said that you were ok as a football player but he can see that you are a Hall of Fame'r as a man." 

Being totally absorbed in my own shit, i countered with, "...yeah, but when am i going to get some playing time." 

My dad just laughed and said . "Damn, you're dumb." 

I never got much time on the playing field and my dad never forgot coach's words- anytime saw Bruce Arian's name in the paper- he would smile and say , "that man saw greatness in you." 

I truly hope that I get to hug coach and tell him that I am still working on it. 



Distance to Las Vegas, Nevada: 300 miles

Earlier Event: July 27
Day Off
Later Event: July 29
Las Vegas, Nevada.