I have grown to have a deep appreciation for the University of Cincinnati athletic department for lots of reason dating back to the arrival of the 3 headed Mike; Thomas, Waddell and Harris and then some.
But it went deeper this week after the loss of Elbert Jovante' Woods, son of former Cincinnati Bengal Ickey Woods. None of us that have been in this position dare not try and imagine the pain and suffering his family is experiencing at this time. A great kid with a 3.8 GPA with a desire to become an attorney tells you a lot about his make up. Add to that he became an organ donor on his temporary license permit and it seems he was engaged beyond his years on multiple levels. Then as in the blink of an eye, he's gone from us too soon by our definition; but not GOD's. For non-believers I won't apologize but will say I have trouble understanding at times myself, but in the end I have faith in every thing surrounding my Christian walk.
I pray in earnest for the Woods family, whom I have known since their arrival, and when I got word that Coach Butch Jones tweeted his condolences for the family in the midst of his first official practices I was proud to be affiliated with the university. No one could blame him if he thought it but continued focusing on the obvious, practice, in his first year. Thank you coach. Then I communicated with Mike Waddell who said they would include him in the hometown heroes tributes and I thought how respectful of them to consider someone outside the UC family. If it gives the family 2 minutes of relief from their pain, it's worth it.
Sometime we get so caught up in "our world" we forget it includes THE world; the world we live in. UC thanks for looking outside the University and seeing Cincinnati. I can say I know the Woods family appreciates the compassion.
That's the way I see it, sitting in The Box Seat