So, as many of you know, Antwan Cobb is a good friend of mine. He's like a little brother to me. Well he and I have another good friend, Sean Hearn, who is like a big brother to me. Right now Sean is currentloy in Austin until the 18th, on his R&R. He serves as part of the 130th CST, and has been in Iraq for the last 6 months, fighting for our country. Sean is from Pflugerville, but as lived in a few places growing up. But no matter where he's been, he's always been a Longhorn. On Memorial Day 2007, Sean's fiancee at the time had a broither fighting in the war. Kile G. West was killed in action. This moved Sean Hearn to do something about it, and join the US Army. Sean went to Basic Training, left as the Honor Grad, and is now a Combat Engineer, basically a bodyguard for Lt.Cl's over seas.
Well, with Sean back in town, Antwan wanted to something special for him. So Antwan arrangeed for Sean, myself, and another friend to take a tour of all of the UT facilities. This was arranged last Saturday, after the game. Anyone who sat in or near section 31 may have seen all of us cheering our asses off for the Horns, and for Antwan. So Twan decided to give us a little treat. Now, I have been around the facilites quite a bit, but I had never been to many of the places which were shown to me yesterday. Another thing I had never seen, was people like Tony Jeffrey, Ken Rucker, Jordan Shipley, Tray Allen, and Sam Acho, looking at a man with such admiration and thanks. Everyone who me met who was affiloated with the program showed so much unbelievable respect and thanks for what Sean is doing, it was moved. He and I were moved to tears a few times yesterday.
So towards the end of our tour, after seeing Ricky and Earl's shrines, the MNC trophies, Mad Dog's office, and even The Correction Room, a bubble connected Moncrief-Newhaus, where Sean ran the 40, overlooking a scenic downtown Austin, Antwan led us to the coaches' offices. As we went back in that area, we were met by7 Mack's receptionist, a very kind woman, who treated us like Kings. Once Twan told her that Sean was here from Iraq, she said, "Hold on a second, let me see if Coach Brown is around." This was amazing, bnecause if you only knew how Sean fells about Mack Brown, your heart would fill with joy. She walked us into his office, and started showing us around. She showed us a Medal of Honor which was given to Mack by a WWII Vet. She showed us all of his rings, even asking us if we'd like to wear Mack's NC ring. (um, hell yes). She showed us Earl's Heisman, and some more UT related war memorabilia. Right around that time is when we heard that voice.
Mack Brown, who had zero idea that this tour was even going on just 5 minutes ago, walked into his office and acted as if we had had an appoinment with him which was set months ago. This man is 100% real and genuine. He came in shook everyon'es hand, and looked us in the eye. He called us by name for the entire half hour or so that we were in there. We all kept feeling like this man's time was so important that we needed to hurry up and leave, but Mack simply would not let us. I can't tell you how many times Mack said, "Wait, before you guys leave, I want to show you this." He acted as if we were long lost pals, reuniting for the first time in ages.
At one point, after saying that, he walked over near his desk and opened a door. Antwan's eyes got wide, and he said, "Wow, I've never even been in this room." Mack took us into the coaches room, where they all get together and gameplan, and make the big decisions. Sean walked over to take a picture in a seat, and Mack told Sean where he sat. Sean immediately got up and walked over to Mack's chair. Watching him soak up that moment was awesome. After my buddy and I also sat in the chair, and after some more conversation, we were ready to leave, already on cloud nine. That's when Mack looked at Sean and said, "Sean, take a picture in my chair at my desk." "Coach, are you sure?" "Have a seat Sean." You should have heard when Kirkendoll and Tray found out that we got to sit in that chair. It was epic.
All in all, yesterday was without a doubt one of the best days of my life, and of Sean's life as well. We were on cloud 11 for the rest of the night. You always see Mack on TV, and maybe some of you have even scored a few seconds of solo time with him. But spending a good half hour with this man in his office, having him treat us like royalty, like family, was just unbelievable. Mack Brown is an amazing man, and an even better human being, and yesterday is a day that none of us involved, not even Antwan, will ever forget. Hook Em Mack. You are my hero, along with my big bro Sean.
Antwan, Sean, and myself in the Defense room
touching the Horns
Coach Rucker talking to Sean
Mack showing Sean and our friend Matt some memorabilia
Sean telling Mack about Iraq
Sean and the Heisman
Myself and Mack, with Earl's Heisman
Sean at Mack's desk
and our favorite picture of the day:
Earn the Right. Love it. Oh, and one last thing. As we left Mack's office, my buddy Matt said to Coach Mack, "Coach, who do you want, Alabama or Florida?". Without missing a beat, Mack replied, "Baylor." Hook Em.