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first_imgSydney Morning Herald 29 Aug 2012Marriage really matters. Thank God we are talking about it. As Professor Patrick Parkinson said in these pages last week, marriage is ”by far the most stable, safe and nurturing relationship in which to raise children”. However, fewer people are choosing marriage as a way of relating to someone of the opposite sex and fewer people are nurturing children in a family with marriage at its heart.I can understand that. Individualism leaves us with little reason to join our life to that of someone else. Apart from that, for many marriage has become an arena of suffering, exploitation and disappointment. We choose to bypass it. Yet I would say that we need to go back to biblical principles and understand, improve and support marriage rather than abandon it.I freely admit that for me, the earthly title and vocation I cherish most is ”husband”. It all began with promises, and each day I try to live out the commitment I made. Marriage is not always easy and I know that for some it proves painfully impossible. But, mostly, making our promises before witnesses and trying to keep them is what works best.Public promises make a marriage. Marriages are founded on promises of lifelong, exclusive bonding. Provided that the promises commit both man and woman in good times and in bad ”till death do us part”, and that both intend to relate only to each other, the promises are effective in creating the marriage. Husband and wife can certainly make identical promises.But promises can reflect something even more profound. Since they unite not simply two people but a man and a woman – two different bodies for whom marriage holds different consequences, needs, expectations and emotions – the promises can express these differences, and traditionally have done so.Many of our young people want to be ”wives and husbands” rather than simply ”partners” and in their weddings they come as ”bride and groom” rather than simply two individuals. They believe that expressing these differences, including different responsibilities, makes for a better marriage.Both kinds of promise are provided for in the Sydney Anglican diocese’s proposed Prayer Book, which has been the subject of commentary this week.There is nothing new in this – it is the same as the Australian Prayer Book which has been used for decades.Where different promises are made, the man undertakes great responsibility and this is also the wording of the book, as it has always been. The biblical teaching is that the promise made voluntarily by the bride to submit to her husband is matched by the even more onerous obligation which the husband must undertake to act towards his wife as Christ has loved the church. The Bible says that this obligation is ultimately measured by the self-sacrifice of Christ in dying on the cross.This is not an invitation to bossiness, let alone abuse. A husband who uses the wife’s promise in this way stands condemned for betraying his own sworn obligations. The husband is to take responsibility for his wife and family in a Christ-like way. Her ”submission” is her voluntary acceptance of this pattern of living together, her glad recognition that this is what he intends to bring to the marriage and that it is for her good, his good and the good of children born to them. She is going to accept him as a man who has chosen the self-discipline and commitment of marriage for her sake and for their children. At a time when women rightly complain that they cannot get men to commit, here is a pattern which demands real commitment all the way.Secular views of marriage are driven by a destructive individualism and libertarianism. This philosophy is inconsistent with the reality of long-term relationships such as marriage and family life.Referring to ”partners” rather than husband or wife gives no special challenge to the man to demonstrate the masculine qualities which he brings to a marriage.Men have to accept the limitations imposed by a commitment to marry. Both husband and wife must exercise self-control and the acceptance of boundaries, although in ways which are somewhat distinctive. My greatest interest in the draft service the diocese has prepared is the high standard being proposed for men.When a husband promises to love his wife as Christ loved the church and give himself up for her, he is declaring his intention to be a man of strength and self-control for her benefit and for the benefit of any children born to them. Such qualities, properly exercised in the spirit of self-sacrifice, enhance the feminine and personal qualities of his wife.Each marriage and each era will work this out differently. It is in this context and this alone that the revised marriage service enables a woman to promise submission.Her submission rises out of his submission to Christ.It is a pity that the present discussion has been so overtly political. Instead of mocking or acting horrified, we should engage in a serious and respectful debate about marriage and about the responsibilities of the men and women who become husbands and wives. The Bible contains great wisdom on this fundamental relationship.The rush to embrace libertarian and individualistic philosophy means that we miss some of the key relational elements of being human, elements which make for our wellbeing and happiness. It’s time to rethink marriage from first principles. It really matters.Peter Jensen is the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney. read more

first_imgRev. Rand Hooton, 74, of Versailles passed away at 6:30am, Friday, February 9, 2018 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on Tuesday, July 13, 1943 the son of Damon and Ruth Laswell Hooton. He was married to Rosalie Henderson on June 14, 1968, and his wife of 49 years survives. Other survivors include one son Damon Hooton of Versailles; two daughters Dyveke (Mike) Cox of Martinsville and Charity (Bill) McGannon of Bloomington; four grandchildren Evan, Lauren, and Benjamin Cox, and Lillian McGannon; his mother-in-law Genelle Henderson of Versailles; three brothers Berke (Judy) Hooton of Nashville, Dana (Cheryl) Hooton of Madison, and Rob ( Linda) Hunger of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents,  his father-in-law Chester Henderson, and his sisters Elyse Hooton and Lolita Hooton. Mr. Hooton was a 1961 graduate of Milan High School. He received his BA degree in social studies from Purdue University in 1971. Rand was a long time employee of Williamson Heating and Air in Madison and also worked at ITT Thompson in North Vernon. In 1982 he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and spent the rest of his career as a pastor. From 1980 to 2010 he pastored the Burney Baptist Church and had also served interim pastorates in Rising Sun, Osgood, and Richmond. Rand was currently a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a 24 year member of the Burney Fire Department and had also belonged to the Milford Masonic Lodge. He also spent several summers as a counselor and pastor for the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp at Westport and also formerly served as Ripley County Sanitarian. Funeral services for Rand will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

first_imgDODGE CITY, Kan. (July 1) – In the 20-lap URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car feature, Luke Cranston took advantage of a lap six restart and never looked back en route to his second consecutive Dodge City Raceway Park triumph.“The car was working really good early on. It felt like it slowed a little later in the race though,” Cranston commented.If it lost any speed at all, it wasn’t noticeable as Cranston weathered several cautions along the way to capture the victory in the first URSS National event of the season.While Cranston rallied from the sixth starting position to take the lead away from Darren Berry on a lap six restart, the battle for position in his wake was intense throughout with Taylor Velasquez ultimately making his way into the runner-up position by sliding past Mike Peters with the white flag in sight.Peters settled for third behind Cranston and Velasquez with Steve Richardson finishing fourth after losing a pair of positions following a lap 13 caution. Ty Williams raced from 14th to round out the top five with the top passing jobs turned in by Jason Martin (18th to sixth) and Zach Blurton (20th to seventh) earning him the Keizer Wheels Hard charger award. Feature results – 1. Luke Cranston; 2. Taylor Velasquez; 3. Mike Peters; 4. Steven Richardson; 5. Ty Williams; 6. Jason Martin; 7. Zach Blurton; 8. Austin McLean; 9. Darren Berry; 10. Keefe Hemel; 11. Jed Werner; 12. Jeff Radcliffe; 13. Jordan Knight; 14. John Webster; 15. Tracey Hill; 16. Kaden Taylor; 17. Zac Taylor; 18. John Carney II; 19. Joe Wood Jr.; 20. Kris Moore.last_img read more

first_img “During the game on Friday it was fine, that was probably as nervous as I’ve been in an Ulster game for a while. “But as the game went on I felt more and more comfortable, taking the hits and getting stuck in and that side of things. “So I was very happy, it felt fine over the weekend and I was always pencilled in just for another X-ray on Monday just to make sure everything was where it should be and that nothing has slipped or moved, and that went well too.” Ireland boss Schmidt has named seven uncapped players in his extended Six Nations squad, also catering for the second string Ireland Wolfhounds’ clash with England Saxons at Gloucester’s Kingsholm stadium on Saturday, January 25. Robin Copeland leads that group, the Cardiff Blues back-five forward primed for his summer move to Munster. Connacht’s former New Zealand Under-19s prop Rodney Ah You has also made Schmidt’s squad, after qualifying on residency terms. Schmidt did not select seven frontline stars still recovering from injury, but reserved the right to call them up if they find fitness during the tournament. Richardt Strauss, Donnacha Ryan, Roger Wilson, Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo, Declan Fitzpatrick and Craig Gilroy all still have a chance of Six Nations action then. Sean O’Brien, Stephen Ferris, Mike Sherry and Stuart Olding have all been effectively ruled out by not being included on that list. Best claimed Ireland’s second of three tries in a stunning salvo that nearly toppled New Zealand in Dublin back in November. The 70-cap hooker had to depart just four minutes later though, and even that after realising he had seriously damaged his arm and refusing to leave the field until there was a break in play. “I knew when I got tackled that I’d done something pretty serious to it,” said Best, playing down any disregard for personal well-being. “I wasn’t definitely sure it was broken, but I knew it was bad. “When you’re playing against the All Blacks it’s hard enough to play against them with 15, but if you drop down to 14 it’s next to impossible. “We’ve all seen how good they are when they get at teams. “From my point of view, I knew it wasn’t great, but it didn’t stop me running. “So I just had to get up and face up in the line, so it didn’t look like we were numbers down. “As much as anything it seemed the passage of play went on for a good while before I could receive medical treatment. “But I suppose for me, it sounds a lot more heroic than it was. “It was just about getting into position and trying to show as little weakness as possible. “You just have to get on with it, that’s all you can do. “These things seem a far bigger deal than they are, and I certainly don’t think anyone would want to be claiming credit for playing through pain or anything like that.” Relieved and excited to be fit, Best paid tribute to Ulster boss Mark Anscombe for pitching him straight into a fierce Heineken Cup fortnight, with last week’s Montpellier clash giving way to Saturday’s Leicester trip. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to come back against two really tough teams, to prove your match fitness,” said Best. “It’s two of the best teams in Europe, so if I can get through those, I played 70 minutes at the weekend and if I can something similar this weekend, then you go into the Six Nations and actually trying to build some form from those two games. “But also you go in off the back of those real physical challenges in Europe, so your body’s actually fairly well prepared hopefully.” Surgery to repair his broken forearm had gone well, specialists said, offering a copy of the scan as souvenir. The Ulsterman half expected a horde of sniggering team-mates to spill around the corner, owning up to defacing that scan as a practical joke. Press Association The metal plates and pins to fix his fractured radial bone could almost have been added to that X-ray with a marker pen. This was no laughing matter, and Best knew he faced a grind to beat the injury that laid him low in Ireland’s titanic 24-22 November loss to New Zealand. Just seven weeks after surgery though, Best made a prompt return for Ulster’s 27-16 victory over Montpellier on Friday night. Named in Joe Schmidt’s 44-man RBS 6 Nations squad on Tuesday, Best admitted he must still prove his recovery is complete. “All that will stay in,” Best told Press Association Sport of the metal additions to his forearm. “Most of the boys that have broken their arm have plates in there. “A couple have them in their face and their leg, that’s just part of the job these days. “I’m not sure what the rust protection is like to be fair, but hopefully it’ll be all right. “Fingers crossed it won’t set off any metal detectors at airports! Rory Best took one look at the X-ray and feared his goal of finding fitness for the RBS 6 Nations might be just out of reach.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and wife Geeta Basra on Sunday pledged to distribute ration to 5,000 families.”Geeta_Basra and I pledge to distribute ration to 5000 families from today May waheguru bless us all,” Harbhajan said in a tweet.Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan had paired up with former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives across the world.Harbhajan had also praised Afridi for the valuable social work he was doing in these trying circumstances.The pair were criticized for their effort by a section on social media. Harbhajan reacted by uploading a video on his Twitter handle showing Sikhs preparing and distributing food to needy in England. “No religion, no caste, only humanity…that’s what it is…stay safe, stay home…spread love not hate or virus…let’s pray for every single one…May Waheguru bless us all,” he wrote. IANSAlso Read: Harbhajan starts new innings with Geeta BasraAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former cricketer Michael Hussey believes India would be have to be at their best if they are to beat Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy scheduled to be played Down Under later in the year.India, under Virat Kohli in the 2018/19 series, became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series in their own den. The series featured stellar performances from batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Kohli and the fast bowling battery featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. Australia were without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner in the last series as both were serving their bans handed over to them by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the Sandpaper Gate controversy. However, the duo would, in all likelihood, in the squad, thus providing strength to the batting unit of Australia. “Obviously, bringing back Smith and Warner into the team is huge, but the guys that were exposed and perhaps probably weren’t quite ready at the time from two years ago, have now managed to get a number of Test matches under their belt… India are going to be up for a stiff challenge in Australia this summer,” Hussey said in a chat show on Sony Ten’s Pit Stop. “Put that with a world-class bowling attack in Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and (James) Pattinson as well with Nathan Lyon…I think the team looks extremely strong, they are playing some excellent Test cricket. We know India are a world-class team, but they have to be at their best to beat the Australian team on home soil,” he added. The former Australia batsman further said Rohit Sharma has the skills to excel at the top of the order and believes the star Indian opener will be successful in the four-match Test series currently scheduled to be played in December and January. “It’s going to test any batsman in the world, but I think because he’s (Rohit) played a lot of one-day cricket batting at the top of the order, and now he’s been having some success with the red ball game as well, that’ll give him confidence coming in,” Hussey said. (IANS) Also Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img read more

first_imgWhitaker turned pro in 1984 after the Olympics and went on to become a world champion in four different weight classes: lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight.In his professional career, he had 40 wins (17 of which were by knockout), four losses and one draw. He was recognized by boxing publication Ring Magazine as Fighter of the Year in 1989. In 2002, the magazine ranked him the 10th greatest boxer of the last 80 years. (CNN)-Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, considered one of the greatest lightweight boxers of all time, died Sunday after he was hit by a vehicle in Virginia, police said.He was 55 years old.Officers received a call around 10 p.m. ET about a incident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, Virginia Beach police said in a news release.The pedestrian, who died at the scene, was later identified as Whitaker.The driver remained on site with police, the release said, and the investigation remains active.“We lost a legend truly one of boxing’s greatest Pound 4 Pound champions my father Pernell Sweetpea Whitaker,” his son, Domonique Whitaker, wrote in a Facebook post. An illustrious careerWhitaker, a southpaw known for his defensive prowess, grew up in Norfolk. As an amateur boxer, his record was 201-14 with 91 knockouts. He won Olympic gold at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles and also won gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and silver at the 1982 World Championships.center_img Whitaker retired from fighting in 2001 and worked as a trainer. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.last_img read more

first_imgRaak whose off-road buggy crashed to deny him a podium chance at the 2018 edition, said he was fully prepared for this year’s championship. “I put in a lot in preparation for this year’s edition, practicing for two months. I am very delighted to return the best time at this year’s event,” Raak gushed moments after he was declared winner of the event.President of the Work and Play, Adeoye Ojuoko, said the event keep getting better and its success belongs to every member of the non-for-profit group that has kept the vision of promoting motorsports development alive in Nigeria.“This year edition was quite different, in that; we were able to have a well-established off-road challenge that was well controlled, minimised all forms of risk as well as tailored to international standard,” he said. Ojuoko confirmed that the new track is full of diverse character that makes the race very challenging. Some of the challenges include an enduring seven-metre long muddy ditch which complimented the topography and water hazards.“This is the track for any racer willing to test his endurance, patience and focus,” he added, stressing that Raak’s victory with 2:52:25 minutes in five laps won him N500, 000. It was also a five-lap record for buggies on the newly launched track.Kurdyasv Eugene lurked behind Raak in sub 16 seconds (at 3: 08:06) to place second leaving Ralp Tupas and Kingsley Uwatse to settle for the third and fourth place respectively.Femi Dada, who hoped that his hybrid buggy “Mental” was going to impress at the event was disappointed with the toughness of the track. Same for Richard Ike.Minister of Woks and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Chairman of Elizade Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo were guest at the event.Fashola in his opening remark enjoined the sportsmen to embrace fairness while praising the innovation of the Work and Play Team.Chief Adeojo, on his part pledged the support of Toyota for the race and urged youth to engage in positive activities that can promote development of the country.The next edition will hold on the 11th of April, 2020 at the Smokin Hills Resort in Ilara-Mokin in Ondo State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Estonia-born Argo Raak at the weekend won the third edition of Ondo State Auto Rally organised by Motorsports group ‘Work and Play’ at Ilara – Mokin.The race, which paraded some of the best off-road racers in the country took place at the new purpose-built Off Road Track, that the organisers have said would be the home of the Work and Play group’s flagship event.The event got supports from, SMT Volvo, Toyota, Elizade, Airtel, JAC, Dinkkiia, Meristem, Monster Energy Drink, Tomi Homes, The Federal Road Safety Commission and the Ondo State Fire Service.last_img read more

first_imgDan Atencio was practically begging.The De Anza College head football coach had an NFL-caliber player on his hands, but he couldn’t seem to find any Division I takers.Robertson Daniel, an All-American safety spent an entire redshirt season, his third and final year at De Anza, studying to get his diploma, and waiting anxiously to get a call from a big-time college football program.He waited and waited. And Antencio just kept pushing.“They’d go, ‘Well, Coach, I don’t know’, and I’d say ‘he’s a junior college all-American in the state of California,’” Atencio said. “And unless you’ve done your homework, that’s not a bad conference.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaniel did all he could. He worked out, stayed in shape, and made videos showcasing his speed and ability to send to potential suitors.And finally, when BYU’s Trent Trammell went down with an ACL tear in the spring, Atencio got the call from Cougars defensive coordinator Nick Howell. They had a need, and Daniel could fill it.“Howell said ‘Dan, I think you’re right’, and I said ‘Nick, I know I’m right,’” Atencio recalled.In just nine games, he’s proven everyone right. Asked to fill in as a cornerback when Jordan Johnson was lost for the season with an ACL injury, Daniel took on the brand-new role without fear, and delivered big time. The junior has 52 tackles, 39 on his own. He also forced a fumble against Georgia Tech on Oct. 12.“If you have no confidence, you’re not going to cover anybody,” Daniel said. “That’s the thing about playing corner, you literally have to have the confidence of knowing you’re going to be out by yourself on an island covering a guy.”Confidence is never something that Daniel has lacked. Maturity is a different story entirely. Daniel quit football before his senior season of high school was done, and didn’t have the grades to make it in Division I.Before his final season ended, he couldn’t keep peace with his high school coach. Daniel would talk back to him, take a self-righteous attitude and refuse to display a work ethic that coincided with his natural ability.“I do blame myself,” Daniel said. “Anything that happens in your life is on you, you’ve got to take responsibility for it. I could have handled everything a different way, but I chose not to.”Playing at BYU, a school affiliated with the Mormon Church, not having maturity is not an option. Before he ever stepped on the football field, he got a wake-up call when the school made him relinquish his earrings.The adjustment for Daniel was one that took some getting used to, but has been smooth. Howell said he had no fear playing Daniel the moment Johnson got hurt, knowing the type of athlete he had.“With those junior college kids, you bring them out here to play,” Howell said. “You don’t bring them here to redshirt. If you go the junior college route, you’ve got an immediate need.“When he got here and we watched him play, it just verified in our minds that we were right.”But BYU was forced to take a chance. It risked getting the old Daniel. But instead it got the one who spent junior college to reflect on the mistakes he made in high school. They got the one that channeled an admittedly arrogant persona into a confidence, a swagger.When he go the starting nod in his first Division I game against Virginia, there was no big conversation with the coach, there was no gloating.There was just football.“Along the way when you’re going through high school and junior college, you have doubts,” Daniel said. “But just finally being there, and being able to play the game that you love, I’ll never forget that day.” Comments Published on November 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgBen Brickman stood off to the side of the Ensley Athletic Center on an early August afternoon. In front of him sat children of Fort Drum families. They had just finished a skills clinic, run by Syracuse football team, and were now waiting to hear from some of the players before getting autographs.Alongside Brickman was quarterback Eric Dungey and linebacker Zaire Franklin. The two are arguably the most known SU players and they frequently handle public appearances. Both shared personal stories they had in the past: Franklin on how he wanted to quit football as a kid, Dungey on the respect he has for all military personnel stemming from his own brother’s involvement.Then Brickman, a former Marine, shared part of his story. He told the kids that he knew what some of their parents were going through, because he also spent months away on deployment serving in Afghanistan.He didn’t share everything, though. How two kids whom he met at the start of his junior year of high school convinced him to join the Marines. How his friends, the lance corporal and the staff sergeant, were killed in action. And how a 25-year-old wide receiver, who never played football in high school, walked on to a Power 5 program.“He was a kid,” his father, Stephen Brickman, said. “He came back serious. He came back a man.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text•••Brickman remembered a purple sky.It was about 4 a.m. and the air was hazy in Parris Island, South Carolina. Brickman had recently graduated high school in June 2009, and now he had stepped off the bus for boot camp.“It was insane,” he said. “And then there was this guy in my face screaming at me … Just being yelled at, being pushed around, shoved places.”A journey Brickman wasn’t sure he’d ever take was underway. The Albany native was always active growing up, but he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after high school. One grandfather served in the Air Force and the other in the Army. He didn’t speak much with his family on the decision, though, only coming to them when his mind was already made.One day near the start of his junior year at Shaker (New York) High School, he ended up sitting together at a table with two other students. They invited him to a function for “poolees,” the Marines term for individuals who had already signed up but who hadn’t left for boot camp yet. He had thoughts of joining the military before, specifically the Marines because he had heard that was the best branch. To him, the poolee event confirmed those beliefs.Brickman said one of the hardest parts of his time in the Marines was adjusting to life in boot camp. The poolees got “treated like crap,” he said, but that the treatment forged bonds between them. He remembered one day where several things went wrong in every drill. His gun jammed and he couldn’t figure out how to fix it. He wanted to quit.“I just thought, what would happen if I had to tell my parents that I failed, and tell my friends that I failed?” Brickman said, his usually loud voice dropping lower. “I found a way and I pushed through it.”Eventually, Brickman finished the boot camp and joined the first battalion, eighth Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. One of his proudest moments came after boot camp, on a 12-mile hike in Fort Pickett, Virginia. He carried a full machine gun system, including the ammunition bag, for the length of the hike. He estimated that the full system weighed about 47 pounds, on top of the standard pack every marine had to carry, which was about 65 to 70 pounds.Brickman served two tours in Afghanistan, the first from August 2010 through March 2011, the second from New Year’s Day 2012 to July of that year. He’d already adjusted to life aboard a fleet or at a base, but now he was faced with completely new challenges.At first, there was the loss of some amenities. He thought the food quality “outright horrendous” as the Marines ate mostly from delivered crates of Unitized Group Rations. Brickman remembered his group constantly receiving the Szechuan chicken UGR, which he said almost everyone hated.“You literally just take everything,” Brickman said, “and you mix it together and you dump a bunch of Texas Pete and salt and pepper and pinch your nose.”He also couldn’t phone home as much. Once or twice a month, there’d be access to a satellite phone to call home. His parents learned to answer any call, because it might be their son. Then came the nights when he had to man a post for 12 to 16 hours, because the group was understaffed.“The first deployment was grueling,” Brickman said.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorBoth times, as news spread through the patrol base, Brickman went over and stood alone on the side. He had dealt with the unglamorous parts of military life before, but now he faced a deeper, harder comprehension: loss.Lance Cpl. Raymon Johnson was Brickman’s superior from the beginning, but he never yelled at Brickman the way other higher-ups did. Johnson always checked in on him to ensure he was OK near the start of Brickman’s time as a Marine. Johnson was killed in October due to an explosive device, near the start of Brickman’s first deployment.Then, in December, Staff Sgt. Stacy Green was killed. In both deaths, Brickman and his team did not learn of it until a few days afterward. Green was the one who took care of the soldiers in the patrol base, and they affectionately called him “Daddy,” because he made sure everything was in order. That day was the toughest for Brickman in his four years as a Marine.“He was close with us,” Brickman said. “Always took care of us. … When we heard about him dying, that was pretty tough.”•••In August 2013, Brickman came home.After his second tour, his final year in the Marines was spent in various training programs. He knew he wanted to go to school, but wasn’t entirely sure where, so he enrolled at Hudson Valley Community College. It was a local school close to home, which was important to Brickman after being gone for long.He wasn’t even sure if the school had a football team, but found early on that it did. He’d had always wanted to play football in high school, but he never did, so he went for a tryout and made the team.At Hudson Valley, he played for head coach Mike Muehling, a former defensive quality control coach at SU. Muehling saw in Brickman the same thing that the wide receiver’s father had seen. When his son returned home from the Marines, Brickman carried with him a newfound resolve that the Marines taught him, to see tasks through. Muehling saw that inner fire, too.Brickman found the learning curve for someone who had never played football before difficult. He barely played his first year and sat out his second year due to injury. Still, his work ethic on the field and in the weight room stuck with Hudson Valley coaches.Players often asked coaches which numbers they’d receive for the following seasons, Muehling said, and coaches responded they’d get what they’d get. At the start of Brickman’s third season, he received the coveted No. 1.“He’s a hard worker,” Muehling said. “He’s a kid that I can trust. He’s accountable for everything. Overall I’d say he’s pretty much the ideal football player from an off-the-field standpoint.”After that season, Brickman received a business degree from Hudson Valley. He never plans on using it, he said, because he doesn’t like business. Brickman decided to transfer to Syracuse, mainly to enroll in the school’s health and exercise science program, which he was interested in. But then, he couldn’t imagine giving up the sport that had come to mean so much to him.In January 2017, Brickman’s first semester on campus, he started asking Roy Wittke, director of football player development, about a potential tryout. The Orange typically holds its tryouts in the fall, but eventually Wittke gave Brickman his chance.Brickman has acclimated well with his new teammates, his father said, and he’s earned their respect through stories of his life as well as his work ethic. He spent extra time after training camp practices running extra drills while fellow wide receiver Adly Enoicy looked on. Franklin met him for the first time when he put his hand on Brickman’s shoulder in the egg line. Brickman felt tense to Franklin when he did that, and Syracuse’s linebacker joked Brickman “could flip me over the table or something.”“He came in and I was like, ‘Hey man, how are you doing,’” Dungey said. “And he told me his age and I was like ‘Wow, pretty old.’ Once I found he was in the military, you automatically have the most respect for those guys and what they do.”Brickman’s teammates will never fully understand the experience he had. But the impact it’s had on him, and those around him, is clear.He’s four years removed from his time in the Marines but its impact isn’t lost on him. He said he feels at home with football because it’s “the closest approximation that sports can come to war.” He made the team because of his relentless desire to finish things, which he developed as a Marine.On deployments, Brickman used to get jitters every time he’d get on a helicopter. Now, when Brickman walks out from the tunnel and onto the field on game day, he gets the same feeling. 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