When you get out on the field tonight they will play the National Anthem. I want you to remember your Great Grandfather Victor Parisian who fought in the fields of France for that flag. I want you to remember your Grandfather Douglas Parisian who served in the Army Air Force as a pilot and who always respected and honored our American flag. That flag represents so much good in our country, our town and our family. A lot of hard work went into keeping that flag and our nation free.
You are no stranger to hard work.
I want you to remember your family and all of the time you and I were able to spend together over the years on various practice fields and exciting games. This is what it comes down to.
Tonight, you get to start for a great team at a great school. Play hard, play clean, and let your play on the field do the talking. Be a leader when the going gets tough out there. Rally your teammates.
I know you will shine tonight. The great ones elevate their performance on the greatest stages with the highest stakes and are able to summon something extra.
You are a great football player. Always have been. Tonight, you get to light it up and show the world. Win or lose, you are a winner and always will be.
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