This is the kids down on the field as the players warm up. Notice how well Jessie is squatting. This is something that she couldn't do a few weeks ago. We all thought that this was pretty cool to be down on the field with the players. Thanks to the Tech Athletic department for making this a special day.
Family Guns-Up ! They are all wearing their Michael Crabtree Jerseys, who by-the-way is the number one receiver in the nation and also a Heisman Trophy candidate. Kristi is wearing the Graham Harrell jersey that he signed for her birthday last year.
The athletic department posted The Hemispherectomy Foundation http://www.hemifoundation.org/ up on the scoreboard during pregame!! Thanks TTU for the plug!
This is the family with Craig Wells, Senior Associate Athletic Director-Chief of Staff at Tech. He took us down on the field and gave the kids a bag of Texas Tech gear and made us all feel very welcome. Thanks Craig for taking the time out of your busy pre-game to do this! We'll never forget it.
Here is #6, Graham Harrell and the rest of the team running out on the field for pre-game warm-ups.
Our view from down on the field looking up at the press box.
Josh and Jake giving each other a Texas Tech Twin Hug before the game.
Brad and Jada Morrow and their kids Brody and Shelby, from Aledo, came with us to the game. For those of you who know Brad, he always has a camera in his hand, so this is an appropriate picture of Brad. We had a blast together rooting on our Red Raiders !
Her is Brad, Shelby, Jada, Kristi, and Jessie. OK, she is only 6 years-old, and a whole football game is a loooong time in a kids reality! Smile Jessie !
Go ! Fight ! Win !!!!!!!
Emerging from the Tunnel; Our Texas Tech Red Raiders !
Brody with his Texas Tech - Double "T" eye-black.
The whole crew!
For those of you who didn't know, I was in the marching band at Texas Tech for 4 years, so this is one of my favorite parts of the game. Half Time!! Tech, by the way, has the 2nd largest marching band in the nation and have won countless awards, including the coveted Sudler Trophy given for consistent excellence in collegiate marching bands.
Here is Ruffin McNeal, The Texas Tech Defensive Coordinator after the game.
This is Steve Maines, who works for the Tech Atletic Department. Steve's family began following Jessie back during her surgery and recovery. Steve is also part of the Maines Brothers Band. His brother Kenny was playing at Raider Alley before the game. Thanks Steve!
OK, here is Graham Harrell signing Jessie's jersey (which happens to be a Crabtree Jersey) Oh Well, He signed all of the kids shirts, including Dad's. The really classy thing that he did, was he stuck around and gave autographs to every kid who wanted one...including the BIG Kids. Most of the players signed a few and then left. He stuck around until everyone was taken care of. I know that he was exhausted after the game and ready to go relax, but he took care of his fans first. Way to go Graham, you are our hero !!
Jessie was very proud of her Graham Harrell autograph! I'm sure that she's going to tell everyone about it at school !
It was a good day, but a long day. One Happy Little Red Raider ready for bed to dream about a Texas Tech National Championship, Cotton Candy, and no seizures!
I had to repost this picture from a couple of months back. Harrell and Crabtree did this for Jessie and this is one of those pictures that we will cherish forever! Thanks again guys! I don't know which one of you is going to win the Heisman Trophy, but either way, we can't go wrong.
By the way, the USA Today Poll has our Red Raiders as #5 in the Nation after their overtime win against Nebraska.
Keep up the good work boys! Keep up the good work Jessie !!
Praise God for allowing this beautiful weekend!