Personal Narrative Essay

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Billy Thompson and Sam Westfield were similar in many ways. Since a young age they both has excelled at sports and both loved more then anything, the sport of football. While growing up, the boys did not know each other and probably thought they would never have too. But all of that changed with the diagnosis.
Billy was born on October 8th, 1987. People he say he came out of the womb carrying a football. Billy Grew up in the suburbs outside of Los Angeles and was the best football player in the league in the entire city. Everyday after school, he would beg his dad to play catch with him or to throw him routes with the football.
“Dad why can’t we play football today?” he asked.
“Well its Sunday and you need to get your spiritual growth in, because what is going to happen when you are done playing football?” his father stated.
Billy just shrugged off the comment because in his mind, he would never stop playing football. Billy continued to progress in his athletic ability becoming a standout athlete in Football as well as Basketball, In High school he chose to focus solely on football because it was the love of his life and he knew he could get a scholarship to play. He was an all-state running back four years in a row in high school and voted as one of the top high school recruits in the entire country. During his senior year he received many offers to play football, some of these schools included Alabama, Texas, and the University of Southern California. On Signing day, Billy sat in his chair with the three schools sitting in front of him. All of his family waited, as he was about to make the biggest decision of his life. As he tried to decide, the only thing in his head was the quote his father used to always say to him, “Do whatever makes you happy, and give one hundred percent in it”. While thinking of that quote, he announced to the world
“ Next fall I will be attending the University of Southern California to continue my football career.” People were not surprised with his decision because he had spent his childhood in love with USC. As he arrived at the university he was instantly popular. He excelled on the football field, had girls all over him and was invited to the best parties on campus. The next four years were as good as someone could possibly have, he met the girl of his dreams, won a National Championship in football his senior year and set records at USC that had stood for forty years. He won the Heisman trophy his senior year and was unanimously projected to be the first overall pick in the next years NFL Draft. He was living the perfect life, but what he failed to realize were the events that would reshape his life.
Sam had a similar youth story to Billy. He was born May 19th in 1988. He grew up in the suburbs outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unlike Billy, Sam had to deal with many tragic events in his childhood. On the day before his eleventh birthday he got a phone call,
“Is this Sam Westfield”?
“Yes it is, who is this? “He...

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