Thank You Stanford!

Stanford QB Todd Husak's parents give Stanford fans a wonderful perspective on being part of the Stanford community.

Last night (1/16) we attended our last formal Stanford Football function - the team banquet - as player parents. The banquet was a fitting end to the season and an appropriate beginning to next season for the returning players. As readers and infrequent posters of both boards, we thought it might be appropriate to share a few of our thoughts, experiences and memories that will stay with us for years to come. In some cases we speak for ourselves - in others we take the liberty to speak for all of the parents.

Stanford recruits wonderful people who are academically and athletically capable of being successful. Other universities do as well, but they don't have teams that are fully comprised of these types. Stanford does. Some of these young men are extremely talented, others are over achievers, and all are goal oriented and submerse their egos for the welfare of the team. We have come to know well many of the players and there is not one that you would not be proud of or want your own son to be friends with. We believe we speak for all of the parents when we say "thank you" to our sons for all of their efforts and the manner in which they have represented Stanford football and their families.

We have also had the opportunity to get to know many of the parents of these young men. You understand why the players are the way they are after becoming acquainted with their parents. We believe the QB players and their parents exemplify the uniqueness of Stanford football. When our sons are competing for playing time at the same position, it would be easy for the players and parents to be unsupportive and unfriendly. At Stanford that has not been the case. When Todd did well these past two years the happiest people in the stadium were Joe and Randy who were competing for the position. And when Joe did well against UCLA and San Jose this year, Todd and Randy were truly happy for him. The same scenario existed among the parents. We know that the most difficult part of being a parent is not when your son is on the field and playing (receiving praise when playing well and criticism when not), but watching your son on the sidelines, knowing that he can play and hoping he gets the opportunity. The Borchards and the Fasanis have always been supportive, gracious and positive even in the face of their own frustrations and disappointments. For that we will always be thankful. We are also sure that similar situations exist at the other positions and among the other player parents. Again, relationships like this are not uncommon at other institutions. But to the degree that it exists at Stanford, we do believe it makes the football program unique among others in the nation and is certainly a factor in the success of the program.

As parents we put a great deal of faith in coaches. We feel that we have raised fine young men for 18 years and we want to entrust them to people we trust. Being a coach is more than just X' and O's, administering a program or schmoozing with boosters. It is helping young men to grow and develop as people through the football experience. Last night TW stated that he and his staff sometimes feel like they spend more time trying to raise our kids than they do their own. We hope that is not true, but we understand the commitment he and his staff have made to the fine young men that make up this team. In our situation, we have experienced that commitment first hand through not only TW efforts, but also BD's as well. The parents know that the other position coaches are equally dedicated to their sons. What we would hope that everyone would realize is these PAC-10 Champion - Rose Bowl coaches are the same people who last year were coaching a team that was 3-8, and the same ones who coached the team in a very bad opening season loss. They haven't changed as people or as coaches. What has changed is our perception of them because we won. There are certainly times for absolute judgments about people and other times for comparative evaluations. When selecting people to lead sports teams, we believe that the Stanford administration wants coaches who hold the ideals of the university and college athletics as the absolute core and foundation of its program. TW and his staff do and for that we say thanks.

We have met many Stanford fans during our time. Four years ago we began to read the Bootleg through a family friend. In our quest for knowledge about what was happening with Cardinal football (most parents don't get much information from their sons), we began to surf the net. Through these avenues and others we have met a large number of Stanford alumni and fans. We have always been impressed by the average Cardinal fan's sophistication, intelligence and graciousness when it came to football (although they could stand and cheer louder and more frequently). They are practical dreamers about the program and strive not to settle for anything but the best. On behalf of all of the parents, we wish to express our final thank you to all of the fans who have supported our sons in so many ways during their Stanford career.

There is much more that we feel and wish to say, but at the risk of becoming too long-winded and losing the reader of this post, we wish to conclude this way. We are grateful for the last four years - for the friends that Todd and we have made, for the experiences we have shared with you in a positive environment and for the opportunity to take this part of life's journey with all of you who makeup that collective known as the Stanford Football Family. We hope to continue to share Stanford's success with you.

Go Cardinal!
The Husaks

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