High school football: Faith has helped Leopards' linebacker overcome terrible adversity in his life

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  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    What a terrific young man, and so glad he is going to BYU. Now I hope the coaches there understand the commitment they have to make the program excel so that fine young men like this don't feel like they are giving up something by committing to them.

  • MansGame Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    Patrick is a truly amazing young man that inspires many and will continue to lead and inspire throughout his life. Wonderful article that puts everything this young man aspires into perfect perspective. East High Team Family!

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Keep up the good works Patrick. 'Ofa atu.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    That was truly inspirational! What a fantastic young man. He will go far in this life!

  • CUBS85 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    We've known Pat since he was a toddler.....he is indeed everything that the article has written. He is the most "humble, well mannered, respectful and enjoyable" young man to have around. We are grateful that he is a part of our son's life and are forever grateful to his grandparents, his aunts, uncles, and especially his mom for raising such an amazing young man. Pat will go far because of his determination, faith, family, energy and just the way he conducts himself. Thank you for the inspiring article that will motivate our youths to always do what is right no matter what.

  • teeme73 Syracuse, Utah
    Sept. 26, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Amazing strength, continue the work young man.

    Thank you Amy for another great article. Instead of trying to make shocking statements to create a situation, you actually find great stories to report on. Media needs more reporters like you.

  • Big U Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    Proud to say I have observed Pat for the past couple years while having my little brother as one of his friends and football teammates. I just want to say that Amy this article is a masterpiece because it is full of Truth. Everything said in this article couldn't have been said better about this Great Young Man. He has an outstanding presence. Full of Faith. Always smiling and full of Gratitude. When I congratulated him on his scholarship offer to BYU, he replied with a brilliant smile "Thanks (my name), I know I can't believe it. I'm so grateful but I'm trying not to think about it too much. I just want to help my team win this week." Always thinking about others before himself! He's a great example to the the whole East High Community and to everyone who's surrounded by him. P.S. after knowing him for so long, I never knew of his hard journey growing up. Thanks Amy.

  • Vernal Mom Vernal, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Amy - thank you, thank you! I can't wait to have my high school sophomore read this after football practice today. Our high school athletes need more role models like Patrick. His story brought a few tears because I can also learn from his example.....many things, including forgiveness.

  • sunshiner st.george, ut
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    What an amazing story and even more amazing young man. With his attitude there is nothing he can't accomplish in life. Everyone should be so lucky to know a guy like this. His mother IS proud of him!

  • RStol Providence, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Amy, great story! It's wonderful to hear this instead of all the negatives that are usually reported about sports. Patrick is an amazing young man. I wish the best for him.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Every adult reading this should recognize his or her responsibility to be a positive influence and force in the lives of other, especially those in their formative years. It is possible that he would have overcome everything had he not been rescued by his family, but we don't know for sure. But the influence of his uncles and aunts has allowed him to become the great young man he is today.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    Great article by Amy Donaldson. It's good to see the young man really become something.

  • southpride56 Saint George, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    East just became my favorite team in 4A

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Great, uplifting story. He will be a beloved and successful missionary. I was raised by my mother's family and can feel his love for his uncles and grandparents. Without them our lives would have been dark.

  • Tiger5 Cache county, USA
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    He's what kids should be.
    He went through what kids shouldn't.
    Keep it up son.

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Sept. 26, 2012 5:45 a.m.

    Wow! What an amazing young man. There's no doubt he will make an outstanding missionary.

  • happy2BGrandma Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:28 a.m.

    Ms. Donaldson--thank you so much for this beautiful story. There is such a need for positive stories about our youth. This story is a great combination of balance that this young man has in his life. More emphasis needs to be placed on those that obtain attention by acting well rather than acting badly. His resolve and faith will serve him and all that are around him for the rest of his life. Bless his heart....