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  • There's No Crying in Football

    I did not write this article, it was written by someone by the name of gtrout on milehighreport.com, and I honestly do not even personally know the person who wrote it, but it IS about my girlfriend and my buddy Ethan. Please read it and remember Go Broncos and rip Ethan

    http://www.milehighreport.com/2011/1...ng-in-football
    This is a post about the influence sport plays in our lives and how a team, more importantly a player, can affect our attitudes and beliefs. I have had the opportunity to follow this site for some time and have yet to feel the need to post, until now. During the away game against the Kansas City Chiefs, my wife who is a Pediatric Physical Therapist got a call that changed our perspective on the Broncos and Tim Tebow. The call came from a young, unwed mother of a physically disabled child letting us know that he passed. Nothing prepares you for the heartache that the death of a child leaves you with. Follow me after the jump for more . . .



    Ethan was born early and had many physical challenges from day one. He was in and out of intensive care and would need constant care for the rest of his life. His mother was at the time a high school drop out and his father was not involved with his life. At one point, his grandfather even suggested that they put him up for adoption because he saw a tough challenge that would place pressure on the very fabric of their lives. His mother saw the courage and unwaivering love this child possessed and started a life change. She finished school and went so far as to become Ethan's nurse so that she could care for him with every ounce of her being. She is a hero in a situation that had all the odds stacked against her. Her love and her God would walk her through this. She would win regardless of the odds that faced her. Believing is so much of life and making the best out of tough situations is what makes us who we are.


    Ethan was also a huge fan of the Broncos. Although he could not walk and could not talk, it was clear that he had the spirit we all do as fans. During his funeral, there were signs of this everywhere. A teddy bear wearing his Tim Tebow jersey sat front and center. The video's that were played you could hear Rockies games and sports in the background. His family enjoyed spending every second they had with him and loved to watch our beloved Broncos together to share with him the thrill that football gives us. He was a fan just as we all are. He passed away during a football game and since that moment, he has been a big part of the Broncos season for us. He embodies the spirit of this team. When most were giving up, he and his family believed and stuck with it, just like our team.



    Tim Tebow, as we all are well aware, is a man that represents his God. I'm not overly religious, but am starting to become more so as I get older and see all the good we have in our family and lives. I don't know how I can be so lucky without some higher being. I'm not saying that God is on our team, no, I'm saying that we as people can be affected by our beliefs and can be persuaded through tough situations by relying on our faith. Tim does this every game. When we are faced with situations that make or break our lives or games, I want to believe and find strength in that belief. The Broncos do. Ethan and his mother do.



    Ethan's death affected me in ways that I didn't know I could be. I have now become a even more ardent Broncos fan. I've also learned that people are tougher than I ever imagined and that people have a purpose in life. Ethan touched so many people in his short time, but that was what he was sent to do. He made us all better. I think that Tim has this same effect on our team. He makes us better as people and makes us believe in each other. After every game winning score, I think to myself, how did we do that? How can we do this so many times? It's because we believe as a team we can.



    Faith gives us strength. Tim has faith and his teammates have faith. I have faith in Tim and in our Broncos. If the season ended today, I would think this season was the greatest ever. It's because of Ethan and Tim.
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    VDB.. you have my condolences for the loss of Ethan from your life.

    My buddy Paco, a huge Broncos fan, is also gone.

    He told me before he left...

    "It is the circle of life. My circle is complete.
    Your's goes on. Grieve not for me. Rejoice in life."

    Best wishes.

    RIP Ethan... forever a Bronoc fan!
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    • #3
      RIP ETHAN!!!!!! Glad to see a bronco fan still hold the broncos as his #1 enjoyment even in times of personal hardship!

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      • #4
        I lost one of my son's 5 yrs ago this coming Dec. 13th. He was a total Broncos fan! Ok, he didn't really have a choice. My kids don't get the opportunity to choose. You are a Broncos fan or get out! I would sit and hold him in his Broncos blanket and watch the games. After he passed I laid him to rest on an Elway jersey. On his headstone is the Broncos logo. RIP Ethan and to you Scotty jr, you're always in my heart little man!

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        • #5
          RIP Ethan.

          Someone forward this to Tim.
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          • #6
            Please everyone, even if you dont want to post on this, just read the blog.

            To me, its amazing how the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow have helped my family and I through these tough times. They have given us all hope, as has Ethan.

            Just goes to show, when you are determined and keep on fighting, then you can make it through almost anything.

            Thanks for those who commented, and I am sorry to hear about your son Legion. Maybe they are up there cheering on the Broncos together!
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            • #7
              Its amazing how much a football team can be there for a Family.
              i know it has help in hard time Broncos were always there for me and my family really cool.
              RIP Ethan
              Thank you GO BRONCOS

              Luck....HAHA who needs it when we have skill.

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              • #8
                I'm sorry for your loss, VDB.
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                • #9
                  Thanks peanut
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                  • #10
                    VDB... I also am sorry for you loss.
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                    • #11
                      Touching story.

                      Thank you for sharing VDB.
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                      • #12
                        So very sorry for you and your girlfriend, VDB. God Bless Ethan. And in this instance crying is allowed.
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                        • #13
                          This is touching! R.I.P!
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