A decision of a lifetime
By Ryne Hancock
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Fans and parents should put the up and coming National Signing Day into the proper perspective.
Years ago, when I graduated from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, our valedictorian, Lakeshia Richardson was highly considered by numerous schools, including Ivy League staples such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Brown.
Before we walked across the stage in the Pyramid on May 18, 2003, Richardson chose to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, which is better known as the alma mater of one Joseph Vincent Paterno to study mathematics.
When she made her decision, alums from Vanderbilt and Wake Forest didn’t go into freak-out mode because she chose Brown over Wake Forest.
They didn’t harass her family.
They moved on.
Her parents were supportive.
On Wednesday, thousands of college football fans will be foaming at the mouths as prep football stars make their college choices, which in any 18 year-old kid’s life is a life-changing moment.
And after hearing stories about Landon Collins’ mom being displeased with her son picking Alabama over the home state LSU Tigers as well as nutjobs anxious like crazy to harass the hell out of a kid for picking the hated rival over their team, here’s what I have to say.
It’s not about you.
It’s about the kids.
It’s their day to be in the spotlight.
Just because your son picks said school out of state instead of the hometown school doesn’t give you the right to act like an idiot on national television when they make their decision.
They’re the ones making that decision.
For the fans that live in their mama’s basement and probably hasn’t had a date since Snoop Dogg allegedly stop smoking weed, stop and think about what you’re doing before you send that hateful tweet.
You’ll be a better person for it.
That being said, enjoy Wednesday.
But do it with common sense.