If you’ve ever had a mentor in your life that provided you with the necessary tools to catapult you into the life you’ve always dreamed of, surely it would become another dream to be able to give something back to them. Well, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Cribbs is living both of the dreams. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, his professional career with the Cleveland Browns was jump-started by an instrumental mentor and coach (offensive field coordinator) Michael Drake, when he was in high school. He was responsible for recruiting Cribbs to Kent State where he would serve as quarterback.
Drake died August 2005 last year from lymphoma. When he died, he left a son behind. When Cribbs heard that his late mentor’s son’s “senior night” was coming up in October, he didn’t hesitate to take the invitation to be there as a surprise. He walked out onto the field to the total surprise of the young football player, along with Drake’s mom and sister. Michael Drake is a senior at Stow High School in Berea, Oh.
The account given in the Journal says that it was the most special night of Michael’s life.
Read this touching account of the lifelong bond between Cribbs and the Drakes here.