Mark Twain had some keen insights.
Like: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
Or: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Perhaps when he espoused the relationship between canines, fight and size, he had a man like Mr. Mullins in mind.
Now I am not suggesting that Eric – HHS 2017 – is a dog.
But to be honest, he is definitely a breed apart.
A true pedigree through and through.
And despite his brief tenure here on earth, he already seems to have a keen sense of who he is, what he is all about and where he is meant to go.
I saw that in him years ago when I sat across him in his kitchen, imploring him to give football one more season.
I am so glad my pitch fell on deaf ears.
Cause by the looks of it, he definitely made the right decision.
This past Tuesday, as the Highlanders were in the process of sweeping Germantown on the courts, Eric was embroiled in an epic three-hour, third set tie breaking match against the Warhawks #1 singles player.
Unconcerned that his opponent was rumored to have a virtually unblemished record, Eric simply refused his opponent any quarter.
Nor did he expect any.
“SOP” for a young man who plays big, is all heart and full of fight.
Precisely the qualities this old coach longed to have present on the gridiron.
So as anyone who knows him would expect, Mr. Mullins stuck right there with his opponent.
Fought some more.
And finally; persevered.
Willing himself to a big victory.
By imposing it on an accomplished opponent.
A sight to behold for his teammates, who stayed with him, right there, for the duration.
But knowing Eric a little as I do, it was a moment he probably already imagined for himself for quite sometime.
Eric is living proof of what Mr. Twain posited years ago:
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
(These awesome pics were taken by Jon Rubin.)