SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Many kinds of teammates

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

I've been thinking a lot about teammates lately. Maybe it has something to do with last week’s story on Dakota Dean and Tyler Henderson (“Dean and Henderson, teammates for life,” March 27). Or perhaps it has something to do with having recently attended a reunion of former Gulf Breeze athletes.

I'm sure the main reason is I find myself needing the strength of teammates as my dad's health is rapidly declining and he's not expected to be with us too much longer.

Last week, I received phone calls from two of the guys I played ball with in high school. Paul Davidson and Ken Hardy are not only former teammates, but also Christian brothers. They called to let me know they are there for me.

I've had other guys I played ball with drop me a message on Facebook offering their support and prayers.

I hope that 40 years from now, Dakota Dean, Tyler Henderson and all of the other young men and women I cover will still be close to many of the friends and teammates shaping their lives today.

I assure you that long after the games are forgotten, we still need our teammates to help us through the tough times.

Throughout this process of Dad's illness, I've realized that teammates come in many shapes and forms. We often think of teammates as the people on our sports teams, but I believe there are many kinds of teammates.

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