Pam Martin, mother of Josh, Zack, and Nick, talks about how football has helped develop her boys. All three of her sons played college football, Josh at the University of Indianapolis while Zack and Nick starred at Notre Dame.
College athletics runs deep in the Martin family, and Pam attended the University of Kentucky as an intramural swimmer and student trainer with the football team. In the above video, Pam pays tribute to football and the relationships the sport has helped her family develop as well as the benefits to her sons.
“We love it as a family because it’s shaped who we are,” Martin says in the video. “We have had so many great experiences, and it’s taught us so much. It’s just provided us a lot of joy. It has provided my kids with their educations. It taught them the life lessons that will carry through their whole lives. It has provided a community for us in high school, and the friends we have will be friends for life, and we still get together. I just love the game. I love to watch the game.”
Four Boys, Four Teams: How Gail Connors Managed Her Football Family – Gail Connors was so busy with her four boys on four different teams that she created a spreadsheet to keep all the schedules straight. Her son Danny credits her and her husband Rick for helping him in his career and life, “Now that I’m playing in college, I realize a majority of that credit goes to her and my dad for all the time and money spent on us to reach our goals.
Joanna Krah Learned To Love Football By Watching Her Sons Myer And Aaron – Joanna Krah was perfectly happy being a track and field mom, but when her sons started playing football she eventually learned to love the game. The boys’ high school coach Antonio King says about Joanna, “It’s great for a high school coach to have a parent like their mother,” King said. “Sometimes it’s hard for a football coach to get parents to understand what you’re doing. You need to have people supporting you and speaking on your behalf. She supported the team that way. Those parents did a great job raising their kids.
Stacy Fitzgerald Leads The Way As Youth Football Program President For Her Sons – Stacy, the wife of Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, is the president of the North Shore Griffins, the Youth Football Program for her three boys. Stacy appreciates the lessons of football, “They learn to work together, to be a teammate, to be a leader, to have to deal with defeat — in a play or a game. Especially on a play, like, ‘You got tackled,’ or ‘You fumbled the ball. Now, you can’t sulk, you’ve got to bounce back on that next play.’ It’s fun to watch them do it or come up and say, ‘Jack helped after that bad play’ or, ‘Ryan was leading the huddle.’ Even though you don’t think they’re listening, they are actually hearing what I’m saying.”
Barbara And Jim Gulyas Finally Won’t Have To Travel To Different Games This Season – The Gulyases had four football playing boys, three of whom played in college. They prioritized going to each game they could. This year is the first year that they will only have one boy to worry about, as their youngest, Jeff, is the only boy still playing. Barbara loves the camaraderie of football, “One thing I have noticed is how much they love their teammates and how they will do anything for them. They are always there for each other with support and encouragement. You also learn how to manage your time, which is important.”
OSU Coach Mike Gundy Instills Values Learned From His Mother, Judy – Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy learned lessons from his mother that he teaches his players today. Judy not only raised Mike, who was a star quarterback at OSU, but her younger son Cale was the starting QB for Oklahoma and is currently the running backs coach for the Sooners. Mike says he teaches his players lessons that his mother taught him, “We have 132 players on our team, and things that my mother instilled in me, I’m instilling in them every day.”
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