PDA

View Full Version : Dying Boy “pass right.”


Mr. Krab
09-26-2005, 11:44 AM
Posted on Mon, Sep. 26, 2005

Dying boy calls a play for Notre Dame


When Notre Dame started the game from its own 1 after a fumble recovery Saturday against Washington, the Fighting Irish had no choice. They had to throw the ball.

Coach Charlie Weis promised a dying boy he would.

Weis doesn’t usually let anyone else call plays on offense. He made an exception for 10-year-old Montana Mazurkiewicz.

Weis met last week with Montana, who had been told by doctors weeks earlier that there was nothing more they could do to stop the spread of his inoperable brain tumor.

Weis showed up at the Mazurkiewicz home in Mishawaka, Ind., just east of South Bend, and talked with Montana about Notre Dame football, a team Montana loved.

Weis told Montana about some pranks he played on Joe Montana — whom Montana was named after — while they were roommates at Notre Dame.

As Weis was leaving, he asked Montana whether there was something he could do for him. Weis agreed to let Montana call the first play against Washington. He called “pass right.”

Despite being on the 1, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn threw right for a 13-yard gain.

Montana never got to see the play. He died Friday at his home.

Cochise
09-26-2005, 11:47 AM
Damn. RIP

Bowser
09-26-2005, 11:49 AM
No kid deserves that. RIP.


And HUGE ups to Charie Weis.

redhed
09-26-2005, 11:50 AM
Montana never got to see the play. He died Friday at his home.

Aw, man. That is sad.

/serious, no sarcasm

ArrowheadHawk
09-26-2005, 11:50 AM
that sux at least they didn't get a safety on the play

dirk digler
09-26-2005, 11:50 AM
RIP Montana.

Charlie Weis you are a very good man.

onescrewleftuntwisted
09-26-2005, 11:59 AM
sad stuff

way to go weis

ptlyon
09-26-2005, 12:13 PM
Link?

Tinlar
09-26-2005, 12:22 PM
Could have done without this story. I'll think about it for days now.

BigRedChief
09-26-2005, 12:24 PM
Link?http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2172623

Monday, September 26, 2005
Weis grants little boy's dying wish
<HR width="100%" noShade SIZE=1>Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Charlie Weis doesn't usually let anyone else call plays on offense. He made an exception for 10-year-old Montana Mazurkiewicz.

The Notre Dame coach met last week with Montana, who had been told by doctors weeks earlier that there was nothing more they could do to stop the spread of his inoperable brain tumor.

"He was a big Notre Dame fan in general, but football especially," said his mother, Cathy Mazurkiewicz.
“He said 'What are we going to do?' I said 'We have no choice. We're throwing it to the right' ”— Charlie Weis, on what he told Brady Quinn before the Irish' first play.

Weis showed up at the Mazurkiewicz home in Mishawaka, just east of South Bend, and talked with Montana about his tumor and about Weis' 10-year-old daughter, Hannah, who has global development delay, a rare disorder similar to autism.

He told Montana about some pranks he played on Joe Montana -- whom Montana was named after -- while they were roommates at Notre Dame.

"I gave him a chance to hammer me on the Michigan State loss, which he did very well. He reminded me of my son," said Weis, whose son, Charlie Jr., is 12 years old.

Weis said the meeting was touching.

"He told me about his love for Notre Dame football and how he just wanted to make it through this game this week," Weis said. "He just wanted to be able to live through this game because he knew he wasn't going to live very much longer."

As Weis talked to the boy, Cathy Mazurkiewicz rubbed her son's shoulder trying to ease his pain. Weis said he could tell the boy was trying not to show he was in pain.

His mother told Montana, who had just become paralyzed from the waist down a day earlier because of the tumor, to toss her a football Weis had given him. Montana tried to throw the football, put could barely lift it. So Weis climbed into the reclining chair with him and helped him complete the pass to his mother.

Before leaving, Weis signed the football.

"He wrote, 'Live for today for tomorrow is always another day,"' Mazurkiewicz said.

"He told him: 'You can't worry about tomorrow. Just live today for everything it has and everything you can appreciate,'" she said. "He said: 'If you're (in pain) today you might not necessarily be in pain tomorrow, or it might be worse. But there's always another day.'"

Weis asked Montana if there was something he could do for him. He agreed to let Montana call the first play against Washington on Saturday. He called "pass right."

Montana never got to see the play. He died Friday at his home.

Weis heard about the death and called Mazurkiewicz on Friday night to assure her he would still call Montana's play.

"He said, 'This game is for Montana, and the play still stands,'" she said.

Weis said he told the team about the visit. He said it wasn't a "Win one for the Gipper" speech, because he doesn't believe in using individuals as inspiration. He just wanted the team to know people like Montana are out there.

"That they represent a lot of people that they don't even realize they're representing," Weis said.

When the Irish started on their own 1-yard-line following a fumble recovery, Mazurkiewicz wasn't sure Notre Dame would be able to throw a pass. Weis was concerned about that, too. So was quarterback Brady Quinn.

"He said 'What are we going to do?'" Weis said. "I said 'We have no choice. We're throwing it to the right.'"

Weis called a play where most of the Irish went left, Quinn ran right and looked for tight end Anthony Fasano on the right.

Mazurkiewicz watched with her family.

"I just closed my eyes. I thought, 'There's no way he's going to be able to make that pass. Not from where they're at. He's going to get sacked and Washington's going to get two points,'" she said.

Fasano caught the pass and leapt over a defender for a 13-yard gain.

"It's almost like Montana was willing him to beat that defender and take it to the house," Weis said.

Mazurkiewicz was happy.

"It was an amazing play. Montana would have been very pleased. I was very pleased," she said. "I was just so overwhelmed. I couldn't watch much more."

Weis called her again after the game, a 36-17 victory by the 13th-ranked Fighting Irish, and said he had a game ball signed by the team that he wanted to bring to the family on Sunday.

"He's a very neat man. Very compassionate," she said. "I just thanked him for using that play, no matter the circumstances."

wazu
09-26-2005, 12:27 PM
Just saw this on Sportscenter. A gutsy call, and an awesome play! The receiver had to hurdle a defender to get the first down.

If this story doesn't choke you up you aren't human. Too bad the kid couldn't make it a couple more days.

Lzen
09-26-2005, 01:39 PM
Wow.

CoMoChief
09-26-2005, 02:20 PM
Thats a sad story. But hey at least Quinn completed the pass right?!?

ChiTown
09-26-2005, 02:48 PM
Just saw this on Sportscenter. A gutsy call, and an awesome play! The receiver had to hurdle a defender to get the first down.

If this story doesn't choke you up you aren't human. Too bad the kid couldn't make it a couple more days.

Yep.

This is the third time I've read it and it still gets me.

gawd, I hate hearing about dying kids, and kids that have died.

Rausch
09-26-2005, 03:05 PM
Montana probably had a better view of that play than anyone else watching...

Simplex3
09-26-2005, 03:10 PM
Montana probably had a better view of that play than anyone else watching...
:deevee:

Ok, I was handling this whole thread like a man up until I got that mental image.

Credit to Weis and ND as a whole for following through.

Frankie
09-26-2005, 03:15 PM
Thats a sad story. But hey at least Quinn completed the pass right?!?
No, that was the "Brady" half who completed the pass!
:p

BigRedChief
09-26-2005, 03:21 PM
Montana probably had a better view of that play than anyone else watching...

Best damn post on the Planet ever! :clap:

mikey23545
09-26-2005, 03:25 PM
Shit, I just got something in my eyes....

Simplex3
09-26-2005, 03:28 PM
Shit, I just got something in my eyes....
It's allergies.

Frankie
09-26-2005, 03:29 PM
Posted on Mon, Sep. 26, 2005

Dying boy calls a play for Notre Dame


When Notre Dame started the game from its own 1 after a fumble recovery Saturday against Washington, the Fighting Irish had no choice. They had to throw the ball.

Coach Charlie Weis promised a dying boy he would.

Weis doesn’t usually let anyone else call plays on offense. He made an exception for 10-year-old Montana Mazurkiewicz.

Weis met last week with Montana, who had been told by doctors weeks earlier that there was nothing more they could do to stop the spread of his inoperable brain tumor.

Weis showed up at the Mazurkiewicz home in Mishawaka, Ind., just east of South Bend, and talked with Montana about Notre Dame football, a team Montana loved.

Weis told Montana about some pranks he played on Joe Montana — whom Montana was named after — while they were roommates at Notre Dame.

As Weis was leaving, he asked Montana whether there was something he could do for him. Weis agreed to let Montana call the first play against Washington. He called “pass right.”

Despite being on the 1, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn threw right for a 13-yard gain.

Montana never got to see the play. He died Friday at his home.

Link please. My mother lives in Mishawaka. I like to send it to her.

greg63
09-26-2005, 03:34 PM
I believe he saw the play from the best seat in the house. RIP

Frankie
09-26-2005, 03:37 PM
I believe he saw the play from the best seat in the house. RIP
Rausch said that already.

BigRedChief
09-26-2005, 03:52 PM
Rausch said that already.

Quote: <HR SIZE=1>Originally Posted by Rausch
Montana probably had a better view of that play than anyone else watching... <HR SIZE=1>


And I said this already...................


Best damn post on the Planet . Ever.