My story in today's News is part of series in which we're looking at some of the most inspirational stories of the year. It's on Deshanaro "Day-Day" Morris.
Part of my story is the speech that Dick Gallagher -- the patron saint of WNY high school football -- gave in awarding Day-Day the "Player of the Decade" award.
It's not the greatest video in the world -- you can't even see Day-Day from where I was sitting, which was at the front, near the podium. This was a surprise part of the banquet, so I didn't want to run across the hall with my iPhone.
But it's the audio and the crowd reaction that matters. Here it is:
Today's story is one that I was certainly glad to write. It was special to follow this year's Sweet Home team, and Day-Day, all the way to another state title.
Here are some links that tell the story of Day-Day, and Sweet Home's season: the accident; Day-Day comes home from hospital; season preview; Sweet Home blows by Iroquois; Panthers surge past Grand Island at The Ralph; Sweet Home beats Aquinas again; heading back to the Dome.
For the state final preview, I wrote about how Day-Day remained a leader for this year's Panthers.
Here's Day-Day after the state championship victory:
Here's what has become part of Day-Day's cell phone message, another video that is more about the audio -- Tashard Choice's speech to his Georgia Tech teammates before Tech upset Clemson in 2007.
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