DEAR FOOTBALL MOM: I’m in the seventh grade and have to take summer school reading literature course to make it to eigth next year. The teacher wanted us to write a report on any subject we wanted to and being that I love playing football, thought I’d write it on that. I had just read your column post where you named all the past famous players. I figured I could take your advice and write about some of those players. For the first time in my life, I got a B- on my report! Thought you should know that was a good idea to have us players write a report on those past NFL players. I think your columns rock in more ways than one, because I don’t like to read, but I like reading your columns about football.

DEAR READER: Wow, that is so cool about your grade! Outstanding job. Big-sized congratulations to you, my young friend, and I hope you keep on going the distance. If you plan on trying to play in college, you will need grades to be eligible. You can do it—you are on a roll! Shoot for the stars, and never look back. I’m so proud of you.

Hard work and determination cannot be overrated. If you do the work, the rewards will come. Exaggerate your brain as much as you want to exaggerate your muscles. You can train yourself to enjoy reading, just like you train yourself in the weight room to get bigger and stronger. And always, always bring your A-game to the classroom.

Here are a couple of books you may want to check out. You’ll probably have to find them on a website. The book, "Southern Fried Football" by my buddy, Tony Barnhart, is a great resource book and shares a lot of teams’ traditions and history about the sport. "Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood" by Jeffrey Marx, is a great true story with several awesome teaching lessons and the sometimes-hurtful relationships between dads and sons. I think you will like reading them. Try them — you may end up being a savvy reader after all.

Check back with me and let me know how it goes. I just might have to attend one of your games. You never know what bleachers you might find the Football Mom in. I always love rooting for the special fellas of fall who never give up in school or on the field.

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