I ignore all professional sports except baseball (Because it has no clock and is an excellent summer game to drink to all the long afternoon.) I do make an exception for College Football since it is not infected with the boring, grindgame repetition of Professional football. And every so often something happens that makes college ball all worthwhile.
“In all the years of broadcasting football, I have never seen such an unselfish act before. A D-lineman rarely gets a chance to score and for John to have the presence of mind in those moments as he was heading to the end zone to instead give the ball off to Chris, a senior playing in his final game for the Falcons, was just phenomenal. I will never see that again.”
The two players behind the play, John O’Kelley and Chris Hoad, are just trying to soak it all in. Hoad said they can’t believe how big this has become.
“It’s definitely blown up way bigger than I think anyone really thought it would”
The act of sportsmanship is something Head Coach, Justin Carrigan explained can’t be taught. It simply speaks to the brotherhood the players have built.
“I think it’s pretty cool and stuff like that happens organically. You can’t create those kinds of moments. I think it was a tremendous display of brotherhood. It’s what has been built here over the past four or five years.”
“On the field, I was definitely hit with emotions by it and John being that selfless to hand me a touchdown my senior night was definitely special and something I have thanked him for many times over,” Hoad said.
It’s definitely been an exciting time to be a Falcon but truth be told, it’s the stories behind O’Kelley and Hoad that should be making headlines.
John O’Kelley suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2018 and just two months before walking back on the field this year he lost his father to cancer.
“With my dad passing the motivation is higher than ever to succeed and make him proud.”
He credits his teammates, especially Chris Hoad, for helping him get through devastating loss.
“Chris came up to me and said, I’m playing this season for your dad and that meant the world to me.”