High school football player passes up scholarship for Mormon mission
Andy Burriss, Heraldonline.com
Our take: In this article, Andrew Dys, a columnist for the Heraldonline.com, talks about the decision of a high school football player in South Carolina who has declined college football scholarship offers to serve a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Every football player in today’s annual Shrine Bowl all-star game in Spartanburg is among the best anywhere.
Most of the 88 top players from South Carolina and North Carolina will get scholarship offers for college and sign letters of intent to play on the famed grassy-quadrangles of football factories where the game is not just a game but a culture.
South Pointe offensive lineman Alex Simms and his family opened up a letter of a different sort last Friday — an old-fashioned, snail-mail envelope that held his immediate future.
The letter contained a location for where Simms would go, but not to play football. The letter is a rite of passage in Mormon households. Opening the letter is a thrill and thought about for years.
- Mourning family of Mormon missionary finds...
- New Mormon Message video highlights how much...
- Tragedy can reveal 'the very gold of truth'
- No more excuses: Mormon dad designs home...
- The faith of a father, written in an old journal
- Can Israeli farmers plant 70k trees, reap...
- Defending the Faith: Columbus among the Nephites
- Hamblin & Peterson: Biblical names for Lord...
- Defending the Faith: Columbus among the... 66
- New Mormon Message video highlights how... 20
- No more excuses: Mormon dad designs... 19
- New DVD tells story of David... 13
- New Harmony: Viewing the penmanship of... 9
- Church leaders can learn from NFL... 7
- Mourning family of Mormon missionary... 7
- 10 religious leaders you may not know... 5