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True courage

Words like guts or courage are thrown around very loosely in sports all the time. Sure it takes guts for an offensive lineman for example to not cave in when a huge lineman is breathing down your neck.

Or to go over the middle and get taken out by a DB at full speed.

I could sput off a million scenarios of physical courage. But often it's emotional courage that is even more remarkable.

If you want to read a story of that kind of resiliency, check out my story about Northwestern senior Ronald Jackson in today's paper.

This kid, this young man, found out his mom died and hours later was taking an ACT exam and playing in the state championship game. I didn't even know until I stepped on the field to my postgame interviews and his teammates told me. When Ronald came over to where I was standing he was in tears.

I was in tears almost I was talking to him about a few days ago. What's inspiring is how he's handled it and found a way to cope and continue to try to succeed and get into college. He's got a 2.7 GPA and is qualified to go to college. He's playing in the Dade-Broward All-Star game tomorrow. It's a touching story about a courageous kid, who's got my admiration and hopefully that of everyone around him.