BYU head coach Kalani Sitake appeared on Jim Rome’s show Wednesday and shared a story I bet you’ve never heard before. Sitake’s parents divorced when he was six, and one day when he was nine a group of BYU football players visited his elementary school. The players were playing with the kids at recess when one of them noticed Sitake wasn’t joining the rest of his classmates.
He’ll take it from there.
“He saw that I was off on the side and wasn’t really involved,” Sitake said. “He came over and just saw that I was hurting and had a mini conversation that really didn’t matter much to him but it changed my life. He told me that everything will be fine and that God loves me. I’d heard everything will be fine probably a million times, but that was the first time I actually believed it.
“I knew in that moment I was going to play for BYU. It gave me purpose and it gave me direction, and it was from a perfect stranger, someone that I idolized.”
There’s not a lot to the story, because not a lot happened. A wandering traveler tossed a random seed in the ground and walked away, thinking nothing of it again. Thirty years later, that little mustard seed is now the tallest tree in the forest.
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) April 4, 2018