Saturday, October 18, 2008

RILEY JAMES PIERCE BOGGS, CHAMPION







Although our grandchildren number 18, my Grandson Riley has dominated in my first week of blogging. Is it because I love him more. He and I had a conversation about a relative subject today. I gave him the standard answer: Parents (grandparents) most love the child that is ill, in trouble or far from home, otherwise we love them all the same. That being said, and truly so, Riley is by far my youngest grandson. My other grandsons live at a distance. One is married with his 3rd boy on the way and another is also through college and engaged. Riley is only 10 and lives nearby. I see him a lot. Today was a big day in Riley's life. He officially became a "champion".

Riley plays defensive tackle for the Dolphins in the B Division of the Jackson Twp. Youth Football League. The B Division is for boys in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade and it is tackle football. Riley is in the 4th grade. Last year he was starting quarterback with a flag football team. This year his team was undefeated and today won the league championship play off against the Titans. The Titans had averaged 40 points per game against everyone except the Dolphins to whom they suffered their only loss 16-6. The Dolphin defense got a safety in the closing minutes today to win the game 14-15. There was a trophy presentation followed by a family-team dinner. Riley was still holding onto his trophy hours later after we went home and watched Ohio State beat Michigan State 44-7.

As could be expected, the team is mostly made up of 5th and 6th graders and Riley, who is small like his parents, was by far and away the smallest boy on the field. His paternal grandfather, Tom Boggs, is in the College Football Hall-of-Fame for his days as quarterback with the Akron Zips in the early 50's. Mr. Boggs is physically not a big man at all. You would not imagine him to have been such an outstanding football player. For Riley and his grandfather alike "it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog".

Although only in the 4th grade Riley has been chosen by a Northwestern University study group as one of the nation's outstanding students. His math accomplishments are equal to that of an 8th grader. Remember the name Riley James Pierce Boggs. You will see it among the leaders of our nation in future years.

May you enjoy having your life continue though your grandchildren as Tom Boggs and I do.

God Bless.

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