If you haven’t seen this video yet, you’re really missing out. Meet Apollos Hester, a teenage football player from Texas and boy does he have a message for you. After a tough win in which Hester scored the winning touchdown, the East View High School Patriots’s wide receiver was asked to do the post-game interview by a local TV station. Since that interview, the video of Hester’s speech reached an estimated 4.9 million views on YouTube as of Wednesday night. The video has gone viral and many are calling for Hester to consider a career as an inspirational speaker. Of course, if his dream is to play football, that would be an inspiration too.
In the interview, you will see Hester’s excitement as he encourages all of us to, “Keep smiling, no matter what you’re going through. If you fall down, just get up. If you can’t get up, your friends are there to help you. Your momma’s there, your daddy’s there, God’s there … hey, I’m there to help you up. You’re there, it’s gonna be alright, just keep smiling..” How nice is it to see a positive message coming from a sport that has recently been plagued with some pretty horrific scandals. In light of the Ray Rice wife-beating video, the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal and the other scandals ranging from domestic abuse to racial slurs on the field, a bright and shining ray of sunshine emerges with a Texas teenage football player. It is also worth a mention as to his excellent sportsmanship and professional conduct in a post game interview. There is no taunting, no pointing fingers, no whining or crying from Apollos Hester. Oh what the NFL could learn, from this young man.
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Enjoy the video. It will make your day.