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Posted: October 23, 2013 - 12:02am
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Juneau-Douglas High School senior lineman Louis Lamas is shown at practice Tuesday night at Adair Kennedy Field. The Crimson Bears will play against Soldotna in the medium school state football championship game on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium. Lamas, although not getting significant playing time, is mentioned by coaches as a player whose positive attitude exemplifies what Juneau football strives to be.  KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
Juneau-Douglas High School senior lineman Louis Lamas is shown at practice Tuesday night at Adair Kennedy Field. The Crimson Bears will play against Soldotna in the medium school state football championship game on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium. Lamas, although not getting significant playing time, is mentioned by coaches as a player whose positive attitude exemplifies what Juneau football strives to be.

It is easy to quit.

The days are long, and the practices longer.

You are not as fast or as strong or as athletic as those who move past you each day.

The field and turf pull you down easier than others.

It is easy to quit.

Your friends have left the team.

You don’t play as much as you would like.

Your name is not called out in the huddle or seen in print.

It is easy to quit.

You carry the grades in class.

You work as hard and sweat as much in practice as any one else yet your uniform is crisp and clean when the cannon fires.

It is easy to quit.

This may be the last year you play this game.

Circumstances have brought you to this point of your life and you have persevered.

What is the award that awaits the player many never see?

Is he still a teammate, a man, a brother?

What makes a player successful?

It is more than education and experience.

It rests in personal attitude.

A sense of modesty and equality, of sincerity and patience.

A never-give-in, never-give-up quality that will serve you long in life — longer than a touchdown or a key tackle or a trophy.

Why are you out here, player-who-never-quit?

The girls don’t giggle for you outside the practice field.

The small boys don’t ask you to sign their shirts.

The sports writers don’t ask you for quotes.

The fans would rather watch the star you replace.

It is easy to quit.

Yet your teammates saw something else.

“He is part of us,” a player said. “Our brother.”

Your coaches saw something else.

“He could have easily left the team,” the coach said. “You admire players like him.”

You are admired

By coaches, players, fans and sportswriters.

You are part of something.

I do not know why you stayed with this game.

I do not know what you like about this game.

I do not know anything about you, yet I know all I need to...

Three days away from a game most high school players never get to suit up for — because you never quit.

You made a difference, young man.

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