A Moving “Behind the Scenes” Story

Some of us here in the USA follow American football as an interesting diversion.  I am a “long-suffering” Minnesota Viking fan and am ever hopeful as my favorite team begins preparation for the season.

Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander, left, jumps after blocking a pass from Syracuse’s Dontae Strickland, right, in third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander, left, jumps after blocking a pass from Syracuse’s Dontae Strickland, right, in third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

I found the above on the Daily Norseman web site and was very moved by the ESPN “behind–the–scenes” story of Mackensie Alexnader whom the Vikings selected in the second round part of the “draft” from Clemson University.

Usually all we see is the sterile analysis of what a person like this might do for the team—positive features and faults!  The stories that I read seem to portray Alexander as very “brash” and “in-your-face” confident, but to see the story behind this person opens up a whole new perspective on him and others who are hoping to make it into the “big time.”

The six-minute segment focuses on the life of the cornerback, who since the age of 10 has helped his family [from Haiti] to make a living by picking oranges in the family’s orange grove in Immokalee, Florida. The segment first aired on the 9 AM Central time edition of SportsCenter.

It’s not every day you get a look into the life of someone like this. I’m sure that this segment will give us a different perspective on our newest young cornerback.

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One response to “A Moving “Behind the Scenes” Story

  1. Carl, great story. Since I am a Clemson grad I now have a good reason to follow the Vikings. 🙂

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