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“You know what? I’ve raised four boys, done football with three of them from youth all the way up to college, plus gone to NFL games, and no, I still can’t follow them running around all over the place,” Laurel said. “I get the touchdowns, but I don’t get all the strategy. I don’t. I still don’t.”

canada goose outlet parka It’s why she’s been a regular at the canada goose outlet parka Ladies Huddle canada goose outlet store hosted by Colorado State over the years. She learns a little bit more about football, but that’s not really the point for her. She enjoys getting to know the coaches beyond what she sees on the sidelines on Saturday, and meeting their wives and families draws her a little bit closer to the people and the program. Mix in some drills on the field and a few cocktails with some friends, well, “it’s a blast. I’m going to keep going.” canada goose outlet parka

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canada goose outlet uk fake “It was tremendous to have my mom there. For one, it was so unexpected,” Nate said. “That’s not the way I ever envisioned getting a scholarship, at a Ladies Huddle. That’s not how it played out in my head. But having her there, I don’t think it could have gone any other way, because she was there to share that moment with me. That’s something we’ll hold together for the rest of our lives.” canada goose outlet uk fake

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canada goose outlet shop Stephanie Seng, an instructor canada goose outlet in usa in Nate’s major of human development and family studies, is also CSU’s director of both the Center for Family and Couple Therapy and the Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center (CTRAC). Nate interned at CTRAC in the spring, and Seng was canada goose outlet reviews so impressed with his work, she sent the coach an email detailing his impact on the children. canada goose outlet shop

canada goose outlet online uk Bobo shared that with Laurel during the day, then he invited Seng up to the front of the room, where she told the crowd what she had penned to Bobo. canada goose outlet online uk

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Nate had no idea it canada goose outlet canada was coming, but it was a canada goose outlet store uk moment of accomplishment, one which comes with taking a chance on yourself and having it pay off. He first walked on under Jim McElwain out of Berthoud, then after canada goose factory outlet knee and ankle injuries and a coaching change, he had to prove himself all over again.

canada goose outlet phone number Having worked his way onto special teams and the short yardage package, Nate held off taking a class until this fall so he could play his senior year, one he planned on paying for by continuing to sell knives and giving haircuts to his teammates and with a little help from mom. canada goose outlet phone number

“I knew no matter what, canada goose jacket outlet whether they gave me a scholarship or not, I had put the time and effort in, and this is where I wanted to be for my senior year,” Nate said. “I think the scholarship is an acknowledgment of my hard work and my dedication to this canada goose outlet new york city program. That’s what makes it so special. They didn’t have to do it.”

Laurel, videotaping on what she said was a whim the whole time, lost a bit of control over the camera, with good reason. Naturally, canada goose outlet online uk she was proud of her son, what he had fought to earn. But for a mother, hearing the praise of others about her son, there was nothing better.

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