You know how, you go into a doctor’s office, and while you’re waiting you pick up a magazine, and you get interested in an article … then you’re called in from the waiting room and you never get to finish the article? This happened to me twice yesterday at my back maintenance appointment.* I went looking for one of the articles today.
“Frank Hall, American Hero: In an Ohio high school, a beloved football coach confronted a killer” originally appeared in the June 24, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. I didn’t even remember a school shooting in Chardon, Ohio in late February of 2012, although now that I’ve read the article I think I remember it being in the news. That’s partly the point, that we’re forgetting these events and maybe we shouldn’t forget. But the main point of the article focused on the football coach who was presiding over the study hall where the shooting started, a big teddybear of a guy who did everything the experts tell you not to do in the situation, and thus saved lives. There’s more to it, of course; heroes suffer, too, and then, we hope, recover.
The story made me cry. I’m a sucker for sports journalism, especially the point where sports intersects with real life. The article is long, but rewarding.
* Once a month I go for an abbreviated back therapy appointment that maintains most of the strength in my back that I built up when I was going three times a week in early 2012. It helps a lot.