in town for free camps
Great Christmas Day story on what Jason Avant over came to be the man he is today.
Rough neighborhoods, bad actions, family problems, and with family, religion, and Michigan, went on to become a model for NFL players, and people in general. (As well as an MGoBlog favorite).
5 years ago tonight, Christmas Eve, tragedy befell the Mealer family. In a terrible automobile accident while heading home from a party to attend Christmas Eve worship, Elliott's father Dave Mealer, and girlfriend Hollis Richer lost their lives immediately. A 90 year old man drove through a stop sign and t-boned their car. This was the accident where Brock was paralyzed, and Elliot tore his rotator cuff.
In case you've never seen it, here is an excellent feature that was done on ESPN, and an accompanying article. LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/e60/news/story?id=4534334
Elliott's career truly bookends a challenging time for Michigan. He was recruited by Carr. RR honored the scholarship, even with his injury. And he has played under Hoke the last two years. I believe he is about the last player to be on the team from the Carr era.
It is miraculous how well Elliott and Brock have done, in light of their injuries and terrific loss. Regardless of the OL play, I was so excited to see Elliott start, and do well this year. This may always be a bittersweet holiday for Elliott. I'd imagine it is particularly tough this year, being his last at Michigan. Should you be someone who prays, lift up Elliott and his family this Christmas Eve, wherever they are down in the Tampa area.
Having read this, I'm even more inclined to cheer for Dennis Norfleet: