I remember when football players were held to a higher standard. I remember when football players were the leaders in the school. On game day, they all wore dress shirts and ties. They looked amazing. They walked down the hall a little taller than on other days. They were more polite and respectful--not that they were impolite or disrespectful on other days. They were just exceedingly courteous on game days. Their attitude and mannerisms matched their clothing. They knew--and so did everyone else--that today was a special day. It was game day and they were privileged to be part of the game.
I remember when coaches held themselves to a higher standard. They were as fit and healthy as they expected the players to be. They could physically demonstrate a play to the team. I remember when you could recognize a coach by the way he walked or stood.
I'm for bringing back those days of holding players and coaches to a higher standard. I'm for teaching our students more than how to play a game. I'm for teaching them character, responsibility, honesty, and accountability. I say "Yea, Coach Labrum." Let's see how many other coaches have the guts to do what this coach did. BUT there is an important factor in this story. THE PARENTS SUPPORTED HIM IN HIS DECISION. Oh yeah, I remember those days too.