Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Must Read: Jay and Stan Rome "ESPN The Magazine" Story

A very good friend of the blog referred this to me and his recommendation did not disappoint. Do yourself a favor and take a read of the article, if you have time.

I'll be the first to say that I was not privy to Stan Rome's trials and tribulations in his high school, college, and professional careers. After reading this EXCEPTIONAL piece by Drew Jubera of ESPN The Magazine I was shocked and amazed that he was the athlete that you see in the GHSA record books. Just take for example this: (READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE)

Stan was 32 by then and hadn't caught a quick out in years, but the instant he accelerated and made his first cut down the nearest dirt road, the suckered dealer didn't stand a chance. So he did what a thousand beaten corners probably wished they could've done when lined up opposite Stan Rome: He pulled a .22. Spotting Stan as he sprinted over a bridge that crossed a nearby canal, the dealer lifted his gun and fired. Head shot -- the end of another ghetto fairy tale gone wrong.

The article goes on to detail the story of father and son, Stan and Jay, and what Stan's life has imparted on Jay. With the expectations that a kid like Jay has to live up to, being that his dad was probably the best high school player to ever play in Georgia (Herschel was exceedingly great, don't get me wrong), it seems to have made him an even better kid for it. That is a stark difference from most outcomes in this situation, as there's resentment and a host of other issues. 

Just check this quote from Jay:

Jay understands that his dad's life is different from his -- beginning with having the loving father Stan never had. But he also knows their stories are inseparable. "Every time I turn around, somebody asks if I'm going to be better than my dad," he says. Jay remembers listening to Stan talking openly and honestly about his ordeals: "I couldn't have been more than 7 or 8. I asked a lot of questions. He answered them."

If you follow Jay on twitter at all (@_KingStan87), you get the impression he's a good kid. I don't put much stock in it, but most times you can get a semblance of personality through someone's tweets and his are usually in the neck of working harder and getting better. From reading this article, a lot of that must've come from his dad.


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