"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
MGoBlue has a great article looking back at the Mealer/Barwis saga 5 years after Brock's famous 1% walk. I can't believe it's been 5 years, but I can certainly remember my emotions that day in the stadium being on full display. Some powerful motivation to be found in the article, including:
Barwis first met Mealer in February 2008, when he joined several Wolverine coaches who were visiting him at University of Michigan Hospital and found him prone in a bed, paralyzed from the waist down and "just busted up in every way," said Barwis. He looked Brock in the eye with a startling challenge.
"Mike cut to the chase," said Brock. "He said, 'So, when are you going to come work with us so we can get you up and out of that wheelchair?' Now, that's a hell of a thing to say to somebody who was told what I had been told, that I wouldn't walk again.
There is a nice ARTICLE from Angelique Chengelis in today's Detroit News regarding the continuing relationship between Brock Mealer and Mike Barwis. The whole article is worth a read, but here's a choice quote from Barwis to whet your appetite:
“I’ve got 24 rings and I’ve worked with 44 sporting events and 500 Olympic and pro athletes,” said Barwis, whose facility is the focus of a Discovery Channel sports docu-series, “American Muscle,” that debuts Wednesday. “I will tell you this, I don’t have one moment in my life in athletics that ever even remotely approached the moment of glory I felt when that kid walked.”
Not much that's really news here, but not many of us get tired of this particular story.
Single leg squats
No RR, no Barwis. No Barwis, and the tweet below might not have happened. Some things transcend football.
@HayONU is Brock's wife, for those of you who don't follow him on twitter.
Today @brockmealer and I held hands while walking together for the first time ever ♡— Haley Mealer (@HayONU) May 19, 2014
Sharing this from the Barwis Methods Facebook page. Thought you might appreciate. Tune in or set your DVR's! Brock Mealer and his soon-to-be bride Haley will be appearing LIVE on Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel this Friday at 7:20 a.m.! That is all. Have a good day MGoFam *iphone crap formatting. Apologies for that.
[PGB: Thread locked and comments hidden. People couldn't just say "thanks for the reminder" in the comments - had to breach the "politics" of Fox News right up front and ruin the comment section for the rest of us.]
Dec. 22, two days before the five-year anniversary of the night the lives of Brock Mealer and his entire family changed, he will get married.
He met Haley Frank less than two years ago after escorting her to a fundraiser at a Fricker's restaurant for a young cancer patient. At that point, Mealer was invited to attend all sorts of events to tell his story or to just be there as a source of inspiration.
But this one, he didn't want to attend alone. So he picked Haley up at her house, entering into a relationship that has led him to this point.