East View High School Patriots football player Apollos Hester gave a memorable speech after his team had a remarkable comeback against Vandegrift, Deadspin wrote. Lauren Mickler, a local sports reporter for TWC News Austin, interviewed Hester after the win and called it “interview hall of fame,” according to The Blaze.
She proposed the simple question: “What were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?” and his retort turned into a two-minute motivational speech.
An excerpt of his statement is provided below:
All right, well, at first we started slow, we started real slow, and you know, that's all right, that's OK, because sometimes in life, you're gonna start slow. That's OK. We told ourselves, 'Hey, we're gonna start slow, we're gonna keep going fast. We're gonna start slow, but we're always, always gonna finish fast.No matter what the score was, we're gonna finish hard, we're gonna finish fast.
Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us. We weren't defeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude—that's all it takes. That's all it takes to be successful is an attitude. And that's what our coach told us. He said, 'Hey, it's gonna be tough. It's gonna be tough. It's gonna be hard. You're gonna go out there, you're gonna battle, you're gonna fight, you're gonna do it for one another. Do it for each other, you're gonna do it for yourself, you're gonna do it for us, and you're gonna go out with this win.' And we believed that, we truly did. And it's an awesome feeling.
— Lauren Mickler (@LaurenMickler) September 20, 2014
Hester’s name soon became a top-trending topic on Twitter. Users were moved by what the high school player from Texas had to say and flocked to the social media site to talk about the teenager. Some of their comments have been provided below:
Whenever I'm feeling unmotivated about something I'm just gonna watch apollos Hester's interview, that dude is so happy
— Grayson (@barrrrgo) September 23, 2014
apollos hester is officially my favorite football player
— (@champagnxmami) September 23, 2014
My daughter is 14. I want her to marry Apollos Hester one day. I'm NOT joking.
— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) September 22, 2014
I need Apollos Hester to call me everyday at 8am for encouragement
— donwill (@donwill) September 22, 2014
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