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KevB
08-19-2006, 12:01 AM
READ THE STORY BEFORE WATCHING. Long but worth your time.

Maybe the greatest sports video of our time. I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck. Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day. Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right? And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life. This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs. ``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an institution.'' But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going on in his brain.'' "Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? ``Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want to do that.'' Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried. ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore for two weeks.''That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!'' And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon. ``No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year. Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?'' How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried. Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you think? Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together. This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time'? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time. ``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the Century.'' And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' one doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.'' So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life. Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day. That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy. ``The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''



Incredible Story of Team Hoyt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjPrL3n63yg)

Guru
08-19-2006, 12:52 AM
WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Pitt Gorilla
08-19-2006, 01:19 AM
Incredible story.

noa
08-19-2006, 09:07 AM
Real Sports with Bryant Gumble covered this story and it was amazing. I searched Youtube for it, but no luck. Hopefully, this will get put online so you can actually see him do this. Its mindblowing.

Hound333
08-19-2006, 09:15 AM
Ya I remember this story from Real Sports. It was just amazing.

KevB
08-19-2006, 09:16 AM
Real Sports with Bryant Gumble covered this story and it was amazing. I searched Youtube for it, but no luck. Hopefully, this will get put online so you can actually see him do this. Its mindblowing.

Check the link at the bottom of the story....

BigRedChief
08-19-2006, 09:27 AM
I showed this to my baseball team this year. They loved it.
Here's the videos:
Direct Download with the Father and son talking.
http://www.jeffiscool.com/films12/TeamHoyt.wmv (http://www.jeffiscool.com/films12/TeamHoyt.wmv)

With Music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjPrL3n63yg

The strength and passion are unbelievable. It shows that there is no boundries for a Father and Son love.
CNN Story:
http://www.cnn.com/US/9911/29/hoyt.family/index.html


What would you do Rick if you wern't in a wheelchair?
Rick: I've thought a lot about that. I thought that maybe I'd play basketball or baseball but after thinking some more I'd tell my Dad to sit in the wheelchair and I'd push him.

BigRedChief
08-19-2006, 02:11 PM
bump for the dads out there.

Pitt Gorilla
08-19-2006, 02:22 PM
I can't imagine anyone could watch that with a dry eye.

FRCDFED
08-19-2006, 04:31 PM
What a blessing they are to those around them!! What an inspiration to all!!!

May God bless them both!!

mikey23545
08-19-2006, 06:09 PM
I guess my damn allergies must be acting up all of a sudden...

mikey23545
08-19-2006, 06:18 PM
Sometimes it is hard to comprehend the heights the human spirit can reach, even when it is bound by the harshest ties....

plbrdude
08-19-2006, 07:25 PM
I can't imagine anyone could watch that with a dry eye.


you'd have to be heartless. That is the most touching story. Amazing,simply amazing

joesomebody
08-19-2006, 07:38 PM
I guess my damn allergies must be acting up all of a sudden...Odd... Mine too.

DomerNKC
08-19-2006, 07:55 PM
stubbed my toe...really.

BigRedChief
08-19-2006, 10:58 PM
I guess my damn allergies must be acting up all of a sudden...

You and everyone else that hears or sees their story at the end has allergies.

burt
08-20-2006, 11:41 AM
READ THE STORY
Incredible Story of Team Hoyt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjPrL3n63yg)


thank you,

Florida_Bronco
08-20-2006, 11:58 AM
Odd... Mine too.

Same here

BigRedChief
08-21-2006, 07:26 AM
In case you didn't know about Team Hoyt. Bump

greg63
08-21-2006, 07:37 AM
...Got something in my eyes.


Thanks for sharing this.

BagoobaChief
08-21-2006, 08:00 AM
We can only aspire to have the same type of parent-child relationship that Team Hoyt has, and they have achieved this with pretty much a one sided communication. A very touching story of what a father will do for his child. WOW! is about the only word for this.

BigRedChief
08-21-2006, 02:34 PM
We can only aspire to have the same type of parent-child relationship that Team Hoyt has, and they have achieved this with pretty much a one sided communication. A very touching story of what a father will do for his child. WOW! is about the only word for this.

A very powerful story indeed.

Predarat
08-21-2006, 02:52 PM
WOW-that was great!

Dartgod
08-21-2006, 03:02 PM
Credit for the article should go to Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated.

Issue date: June 20, 2005

Crashride
08-21-2006, 03:29 PM
Wow my room is dusty as hell because I couldnt stop crying. That dad right there and rick are perfect examples of being a man.

bobbything
08-21-2006, 08:30 PM
That is absolutely the most amazing thing I've read and seen. The article is wonderful, but it really hits you watching that video afterwards.

Very well done. Thanks for posting that.

BigRedChief
08-22-2006, 09:59 AM
That was one big long block of copy.
Thread should be titled "can't"
Sorry to have wasted your time pal.

greg63
08-22-2006, 10:47 AM
That was one big long block of copy.
Thread should be titled "can't"

So why'd you bother with it?

TinyEvel
08-22-2006, 11:43 AM
Okay.
I just actually read the post. I feel like a numbnuts for making the comment above. I didn't even read the post. Now that I have I REALLY see the dumb-assedness in my comment. :banghead:
Surprised I haven't been neg-repped off the board.

I am familiar with the story of the Hoyts. I used to watch the Ironman every year and it was one hell of an inspirational story. A great example of courage and determination. Mad respect for those guys.
I apologize to anyone who read my previous comment.
I like this forum and I don't want to be a dickwad here. Temporary lapse of judgement. Wasn't the first, probably won't be the last. But truly sorry and embarrassed.
You never stop learning.

BigRedChief
08-22-2006, 02:27 PM
Okay.
I just actually read the post. I feel like a numbnuts for making the comment above. I didn't even read the post. Now that I have I REALLY see the dumb-assedness in my comment. :banghead:
Surprised I haven't been neg-repped off the board.

I am familiar with the story of the Hoyts. I used to watch the Ironman every year and it was one hell of an inspirational story. A great example of courage and determination. Mad respect for those guys.
I apologize to anyone who read my previous comment.
I like this forum and I don't want to be a dickwad here. Temporary lapse of judgement. Wasn't the first, probably won't be the last. But truly sorry and embarrassed.
You never stop learning.

Many a dude here has had a one time major meltdown and recovered nicely. You just made a dumb ass comment. Thats a regular occurance on here. :)

greg63
08-22-2006, 11:12 PM
Okay.
I just actually read the post. I feel like a numbnuts for making the comment above. I didn't even read the post. Now that I have I REALLY see the dumb-assedness in my comment. :banghead:
Surprised I haven't been neg-repped off the board.

I am familiar with the story of the Hoyts. I used to watch the Ironman every year and it was one hell of an inspirational story. A great example of courage and determination. Mad respect for those guys.
I apologize to anyone who read my previous comment.
I like this forum and I don't want to be a dickwad here. Temporary lapse of judgement. Wasn't the first, probably won't be the last. But truly sorry and embarrassed.
You never stop learning.

No problem dude. :)

kregger
08-23-2006, 12:33 AM
Thanks for that post. I missed the original stories. I'm also awash with tears. What a team.

BigRedChief
09-01-2006, 07:28 AM
In case you missed it.

greg63
09-01-2006, 11:42 AM
In case you missed it.


It is bump worthy. :)

Iowanian
09-01-2006, 01:34 PM
Its an amazing story. Thats a father.



I must be heartless....or a rock.

PastorMikH
09-28-2006, 01:44 PM
I just got this in an email and was really touched by it. I was going to post it on the planet, but being a good Planeteer, I did a search and found it already up but I'd missed it.

Amazing, after reading it and watching the video I am just in awe. I don't know who to admire more, the father or son. The dad is awesome, and the son's desire is amazing as well.

Here's a link with the story and youtube video...

http://cjcphoto.com/can/

burt
09-28-2006, 02:03 PM
Okay.
I just actually read the post. I feel like a numbnuts for making the comment above. I didn't even read the post. Now that I have I REALLY see the dumb-assedness in my comment. :banghead:
Surprised I haven't been neg-repped off the board.

I am familiar with the story of the Hoyts. I used to watch the Ironman every year and it was one hell of an inspirational story. A great example of courage and determination. Mad respect for those guys.
I apologize to anyone who read my previous comment.
I like this forum and I don't want to be a dickwad here. Temporary lapse of judgement. Wasn't the first, probably won't be the last. But truly sorry and embarrassed.
You never stop learning.

you numbnuts!!!! LMAO LMAO

BigRedChief
09-28-2006, 09:01 PM
I just got this in an email and was really touched by it. I was going to post it on the planet, but being a good Planeteer, I did a search and found it already up but I'd missed it.

Amazing, after reading it and watching the video I am just in awe. I don't know who to admire more, the father or son. The dad is awesome, and the son's desire is amazing as well.

Here's a link with the story and youtube video...

http://cjcphoto.com/can/

Their story has been told in alot of churchs all over this area. I'm surprised you haven't heard of them. But anyway....You should share with your flock...

Adept Havelock
09-28-2006, 09:12 PM
Damn. I'm speechless.

Thank you for posting that.

Douche Baggins
09-28-2006, 09:19 PM
Bill Brasky's got nothing on that guy.

greg63
09-28-2006, 10:58 PM
I just got this in an email and was really touched by it. I was going to post it on the planet, but being a good Planeteer, I did a search and found it already up but I'd missed it.

Amazing, after reading it and watching the video I am just in awe. I don't know who to admire more, the father or son. The dad is awesome, and the son's desire is amazing as well.

Here's a link with the story and youtube video...

http://cjcphoto.com/can/

It is an awesome story.

Chiefs_Mike_Topeka
09-28-2006, 11:30 PM
Can't say anything more about these two; so all I can do is



:thumb: :bravo:

SLAG
09-29-2006, 12:30 AM
My contact's fell out - and im allergic to cats

yeah thats it

thanks for the TTT on this