It’s me. Your coach.
I need to issue you an apology.
The reason you aren’t playing in today’s championship game for bragging rights in Toronto high school football is because of me.
You worked so hard all year. Running hills. Doing Train Tracks. Military Mile. Hitting the sled. You showed up at most every practice rain or shine. You listened and you learned. You leaned on your brothers for support and led by example when it mattered most. You endured injuries from opposing players, insults by opposing students, and insane conditioning sessions from my fellow coaches.
In short, you deserved better.