Oklahoma State Athletics released a video last week titled "Stories of Gratitude" featuring linebacker Chad Whitener. It's an incredibly touching and moving story that really gets you thinking about your own situation. I know that it made me sit back and think about my life and my family and how incredibly blessed I am and that I really don't have anything to complain about.
Chad Whitener's older brother, Charles, passed when he was just 11 years old from an asthma attack following a breathing treatment. "I think about him all the time," Whitener said. "Losing him taught me a lot. I learned that there are no guarantees and that no moment is promised, so I make the most of the time that I do have."
Chad's taken a horrible situation and turned it into something positive. "I think about all of the things he had ahead of him - college, graduation and a great career - and I realized that I have those same opportunities now," Whitener said. "I play football for the Cowboys and I love it. Charles would love it too. I don't wear any visual tributes to my brother - no tattoos, nothing on my uniform - but I know he's watching me every Saturday. I know he's proud of me and that he sees that I'm making the most out of my opportunities - just like he taught me."