Three years ago, Barbara Goleman HS (Miami, FL) defensive coordinator John Murillo lost his son, Ricky Quintanilla, to cancer. During Ricky’s battle, he would often sit in front of a computer and watch videos of coaches delivering his favorite pregame speech titled “I am a champion” to draw inspiration.

Yesterday, before taking the field, coach Murillo delivered an emotionally charged “I am a champion” speech to his team in memory of his son, and you can tell it came from a special place in his heart. He’s made it a tradition after his son’s passing, with this being the third year he’s done it according to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

Read more of the story behind the speech here.

This serves as a great reminder of the personal battles we all struggle with off the field and how, as coaches, our team is an extension of our family.

(H/T Manny Navarro)

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