The coach of the New York
Giants gets wind of a potential new young recruit who lives in
The team owner and the
Giants recruiting Manager catch a plane to war-torn Baghdad and
track the young boy down. They risk life and limb dodging bombs,
bullets and grenades but finally find him and convince him to come
to the USA.
The boy does a full pre-season, plays in
all the practice games and earns the position of backup
quarterback for the season's first game.
Ten minutes into the first quarter, the
Giants quarterback goes down with a severe knee injury. The teams
coach turns to the boy and says, "This is it son, show us what you
The boy proceeds have the greatest NFL
debut game in the history of backup quarterbacks.
The Giants team carry him off the field
and give him three cheers back in the locker room. The coach tells
the team what the boy from Iraq has been through and that he is a
model lesson for all. The coach then pulls the boy aside and says
"Go into my office son. Telephone your Mother and tell her what
you did today."
He proceeds to do so. "Mum", he says,
"Guess what I did today?"
"I don't care what you did today!" his
Mother replies. "I tell you what happened here today," she goes
on. "Your Dad was stabbed and robbed, our house was torched, our
car was blown up, your sister was raped and your brother was
"Gee," says the boy. "I feel a bit
responsible for what happened."
The Mother replies "So you should be, if
it wasn't for you we would never have moved to New Jersey!"
Bill, Narberth, Pa.