If you know the meme with the caption on a football player “they had us the first half, I’m not going to lie” You need to see this video!
After undefeated East View High School rallied to beat Vandegrift 42-41 in Austin, Texas, on Friday, TWC News Austin reporter Lauren Mickler landed an “awesome” interview with enthusiastic Patriots wide receiver Apollos Hester. To put it into context, this was like the Erin Andrews post-gamer with Richard Sherman if Sherman had been on a monthlong Zoloft regimen.
Lauren Mickler of TWC News Austin asked him, “So, what were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?”
“Well, at first we started slow, we started real slow. and you know, that’s all right, that’s OK, because sometimes in life you’re going to start slow. That’s OK. We told ourselves, ‘Hey, we’re going to start slow, we’re going to keep going fast. We’re going to start slow, but we’re always, always going to finish fast. No matter what the score was, we’re going to finish hard; we’re going to finish fast.’
“Yeah, they had us the first half, I’m not going to lie. We were undefeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude — that’s all it takes,” said Hester, his voice trailing in a squeal. “That’s all it takes to be succesful is an attitude.
“And that’s what our coach told us. He said, ‘Hey, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be hard. You’re going to go out there, you’re going to battle, you’re going to fight, you’re going to do it for one another. You’re going to do it for each other, you’re going to do it for yourself, you’re going to do it for us, and you’re goint to go out with this win.’ And we believed that, we truly did.
“And it’s an awesome feeling. It’s an awesome feeling when you truly believe that you’re going to be successful. Regardless of the situation. Regardless of the scoreboard, you’re going to be successful because you put in all the time, all the effort, all the hard work, and you know that it’s going to pay off. And it it doesn’t pay off, you continue to give God the glory. If you lose the game, you continue to get each other’s back.
“And that’s what we realized. Win or lose, we realized we were going to be all right. And it’s going to be OK. We’re going to keep smiling,” Hester said as the camera panned back to Mickler, who smiles and nods amazed.
“It was awesome. Awesome,” Hester finishes before taking a much earned swig of water.
“Apollos has always got a smile on his face,” Mickler said. “Talk about attitude, this guy’s got attitude if you guys can’t tell.”
He made sure they remembered — forever — the night they played the Patriots. They’re still standing. They’re still strong.
The athlete gives us a smile and some platitudes. “Well, we stepped up.” “I knew I had to take it to another level.” And the very not-so-juicy, “With the game so close, my teammates worked together for the win.” The opportunity to influence others is lost in mediocrity.
See what you can learn from this. Go forth and do likewise. Say what you believe and believe what you say.