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had learned something from this
pain, just as he had learned as an
11-year-old boy. He would get bet-
ter. He had to get better. This would
make him stronger.
He held all of these lessons close.
Don't stop pulling the tire. Just
40 more yards. Don't stop com-
ing from behind: elbows, control,
focus. Elbows, control, focus. He
left Coach's office stronger that day,
obsessing, replaying and dreaming.
He wanted another shot. Next time,
he'd fight harder.
The end of the game nears. The
party winds down as the sun begins
to set. Denard Robinson isn't com-
ing back today. His shoulder is too
In Ann Arbor, the questions pick
up where they left off, louder now
than before: Will he be back? Can
he fight through another injury?
Through failure? Can he carry this
team on his back?
His parents see him as he paces
the sidelines. They stare at the box
in the middle of the garage, finally
Dorothea and Thomas have been
apart all afternoon, on opposite
sides of the tailgate, left alone to
their worries and their pride. But in
the game's final moments, they find
each other. Dorothea stands behind
Thomas and puts her hands on his
shoulders, and they look at their
The questions may continue in
Ann Arbor, but here, they have
some answers. They can't teach or
protect him here, but they can see
in his eyes and hear in his voice
that he has learned all the lessons.
The answers are in all the things
they've watched him go through.
They remember the determination
in his face as a little boy, dragging
a tire half his size. They remember
that single yard.
Mom and dad continue to wait.
She checks her phone for a message.
She doesn't have any. She checks
again. Still nothing.
Thomas checks his phone
and notices a text message from
Denard's brother Daniel who is in
Ann Arbor. "Daniel says he's going
to be fine," he tells her. But that's
not enough for mom. She's waiting
to hear from her son, like'she does
after every game.
The phone vibrates, and her eyes
focus on the words. She smiles
slightly. The tension leaves her face.
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