I wrote this last year, but it still stands true, and perhaps even more so this year, as each season my love of Knight Football grows more and more… so I’m posting it again with a few tweaks.
To the Steele Knight Football Team:
I just want to take a few moments to share some thoughts with you about what an incredible group of human beings you are. My four year old daughter Landri instantly lights up at the mere thought of attending your games, and besides hugging Knitro, “high fiving playa’s,” is one of her favorite things on earth. No lie. She talks about you daily in between Friday nights, and when she throws a tantrum (a regular occurrence these days), using you guys as leverage, can sometimes even pull her out of the meltdown (i.e. “If you do X, Y, Z, then you can see Daddy’s football players”). And every night, after asking God to bless all of our friends and family members, she always closes her prayer with, “…and Daddy’s football playa’s and all the people in the world. Amen.” I watch my middle child and oldest son, Rex (2.5 years old), stare up in wonder at you all, towering over his tiny body on the field after games. He has joined his sister in the tradition of praying for you nightly and speaking incessantly about you. After all, his new identity is #knitrobaby and he basically lives for Steele Knight Football. Okay, that might be a lie. He lives for you and candy. The boy loves candy, lol. And then there’s Ty Baby (1.5 years old), who after observing you for a bit, always immediately makes his way to find one of your game balls to play with. I look at them, especially my boys, and wonder how being here every Friday night will influence and shape them as people, and what the future has in store for them. Thirty-something years ago, their Dad, your Coach, was just like them, but on the Clemens sideline, and now here we all are. Those Clemens players and coaches made an impact on Coach Lehnhoff, just as you are making on all of the youth around you… both on the sidelines and in the stands. The kids in our community aren’t growing up with Tony Romo’s as their favorite players, it’s you guys. If you wear a Steele Knight jersey, you are their heroes. I want to thank you for being such wonderful role models for our youth. I want to thank you for an incredible season thus far, filled with heart, fire, passion, and love for this great game. A strong commitment to excellence, perseverance, and dedication has brought you here to this very moment. You have continually represented our school and community in a way that makes us all so proud regardless of how things go down this Saturday night. You are amazing young men, making positive headlines, always handling adversity with poise and class, influencing our children in the best possible ways, and you’ve played another phenomenal season. It is a tremendous accomplishment to head into the Class 6A Texas High School State Semi-Finals with a 13-1 record along with all of the other incredible stats you’ve earned (41 consecutive district wins, 7th straight District title, and 6th Regional Championship in 7 years). You’ve played some incredible football this season, and won some awesome games against some very formidable opponents. Regardless of what happens with Cinco Ranch, we are so tremendously proud of you. But I know our season isn’t over just yet. Your work isn’t finished. And we all have faith in each of you to bring home this next-to-last win of the season. I send you the best of luck from the bottom of my heart. You guys got this!
It has been an honor to watch the Steele Knight football program grow and develop over the last decade or so. And you all are an integral part of that success. Your unwavering support and commitment to our team is truly incredible. Whether you are a parent, student, teacher, administrator, or community member, you, fans, are a tremendous asset to our football program. And as we face Cinco Ranch this year, I have an idea. The game this Saturday is at the historic Alamodome which means that they will be able to accommodate us when we bring the BIGGEST and baddest group of fans in all of Steele Knight history. So I challenge each of you, to bring even more friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members to this week’s game. We play for Cibolo, we play for our district, we play for San Antonio, and everyone is welcome to cheer on the Knights. Let’s do what we do best. Imagine the collective roar that Knight Nation will make when we double our size! Wear your black and silver, bring your pom-poms, rally towels, and cowbells, and let’s support our boys as they bring home another W!
Some game info:
- Saturday, December 10th
- San Antonio Alamodome (100 Montana Street, San Antonio, TX 78203)
- Gates should open at 1:00pm, with kickoff at 6:00 pm (please be advised that the Lake Travis v Atascocita game is at 2:00 pm)
- Tickets can only be purchased at the Steele Athletic office WED, THU, & FRI from 8am – NOON (Adults $13 and Students $9, ages 2 thru 12th grade); all tickets at gate will be $15
- We are the HOME team
- Parking is $10