We tend to get pretty cynical around here; understandable, because there’s only three parking spaces at SbB, and Gaines takes them all up with his used motorhome. But every now and then a story hits us like a basket of kittens, and we must emote. This item about Vince Young and the young sons of the late Steve McNair is one of those.
I’m not going to rehash the whole McNair saga here; suffice it to say that no matter what you think of the circumstances surrounding his death, it impacted a lot of lives. Not least among them those of his youngest sons, Trenton, 11, and Tyler, 5.
On Wednesday their school held a “Dear Dads Breakfast” at a local restaurant, and a special friend surprised them by showing up to take them to the event.
As part of “Dear Dads Breakfast” at St. Paul Christian Academy, Young surprised the children when he showed up at their house early Wednesday and took them to the Pancake Pantry.
“It was a great, great gesture,” said Julie Dilworth, admissions director at the school. “All the kids had been talking about the dads’ breakfast and (Trenton and Tyler) were wondering what was going to happen with them. “They were thrilled … the boys came to school with huge smiles on their faces.”
“Those are my boys,” Young said Wednesday. “I wouldn’t say it was to pay anyone back; it was just out of love. Steve would do it for me. He pretty much did it for me when I was growing up. I have a history with the boys and I want to do anything I can. I am their big brother.”
Something in my eye. Damn seasonal hayfever …
Young’s friendship with McNair predated the NFL; Young attended McNair’s football camps as a kid. They first met through McNair’s uncle.
Young has wrestled with his share of demons, to be sure. But sometimes it’s good to be reminded that we shouldn’t judge a person until we’ve had a chance to sit down with him and share some pancakes.