Video – Inspiring Texas High School Player Has Run of His Life After Seeing Father in Hospital
This is such an inspiring story.
A North Texas high school football player ran for the game of his life after visiting his father in the hospital.
In August, Grapevine High School senior Caleb Texada's father Ricky was diagnosed with COVID-19 and Caleb had to miss the first half of the first game of the season in order to make a visit to the hospital to see his father. According to WFAA-TV in Dallas:
"Around the end of the warm-ups, my coach called me over and said, 'Hey, they're about to do a procedure on your dad. He might not make it.'"
Before the first game of his senior season, Caleb went to the hospital to see his father before he went into the first of two surgeries.
"[Caleb] talked to his dad, even though he was not responsive," Cyd explained. "[Caleb] knelt down and said, 'Mom, I really want to go back and help my team.' And that really touched my heart. How could I say no?"
After visiting his father, Caleb returned to the game for the 2nd half. He ran for over 100 yards including a 53-yard touchdown run. The next Monday, Caleb's father passed away from COVID-related complications.
Ricky Texada was a senior pastor at Covenant Church in the DFW area. His wife, Cyd, described Ricky as a loving father and devoted husband according to the story.
Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Texada family for their loss, and we are truly inspired by Ricky's son Caleb who went out and played the game of his life.