For this firefighter, football is more than a game
Todd DeLamielleure has a story to tell, but he wonders if now is the right time. He's a fireman in Charleston, S.C., and they just lost nine good men, men with wives and children, men with a lifetime of dreams to chase. In the face of so many dreams cut short, wanting a second shot at pro football just seems trivial to him. Seems meaningless when weighed against those nine men, who all had stories, too. It's never been clearer that games are just games."I don't want to seem selfish," he says. "Me playing football, even when I think about how important it is to me, it's so minor." Football's always been in his blood. His father, Joe DeLamielleure, is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, a tough man who opened up holes for O.J. Simpson. Joe and his son have always spent hours together, though the other children joke they have a hard time telling who's the father and who's the son. "He's my best friend," Joe says. "The guy's conscientious. He works his ass off. He's not a wise guy. All my kids, I got six kids, they all say, 'I hope you grow up to be like Todd.'"
It was like you were watching something that wasn't reality. It was like you were waiting to wake up from a nightmare. It was disbelief. It was raw emotion. It took 'til the memorials to realize it actually happened.
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