It’s very easy to criticize Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown about his decision-making when times are tough.
And the team may struggle now and again–struggles which are not the norm, mind you, since he arrived on the Forty Acres.
What is almost impossible to criticize, however, is the man’s character.
The stories about Mack caring for the future of his players, their well-being and how he shapes the rest of their lives are many. To my knowledge, however, this hasn’t crossed over to opposing teams.
That is, until now.
Mack Brown recently sent a get well card to Iowa State Cyclones all-everything linebacker Jake Knott– who has been one of the conference’s best in recent seasons– wishing him the best going forward.
Knott tweeted out the picture below:
Brown himself had a knee injury that prevented him from playing his senior year at Florida State at running back, so he felt particularly saddened by Knott’s situation:
When I was a guy in college, I didn’t get to play my senior year because of a knee injury. I know how disappointing it is.
I try to send a note to any young man, especially in our league, who I’ve gotten to know by watching him play. This young man is a great player. By all accounts, he’s a better young man.
I hate that any young man who is as passionate about this game as he is gets the latter part of his senior year taken away from him.
Let’s get one thing straight here, folks:
With the demands Mack Brown has on a day-to-day basis, doing something like this is not required, nor expected of him.
This is a gesture of pure grace and class–nothing more, nothing less.
Attack Mack Brown’s character if you must, but remember that there’s more to the man than meets the eye.
H/T to the Des Moines Register.
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