New York Jets Miracle QB Leaves Parents in Tears
As a parent, it is amazingly cool when your child does something that you are really proud of. It is not unusual for parents to become overwhelmed with emotional pride. So, when Mike White was named the New York Jets starting quarterback this week to replace their injured "franchise" Zach Wilson, White's parents were incredibly proud.
When the 2018 5th round pick out of Western Kentucky led the Jets to an improbable victory over the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday and the Met Life crowd erupted in chanting "Mike White, Mike White, Mike White..," well that was a new level of emotion for the QB's parents.
The New York Post caught up with Annemarie and Mike White Sr after the game. "I completely … like teary-eyed, just in awe, like very surreal,” Annemarie White told The Post. “I could not even believe that this is happening. How often do you get the chance to hear your son’s name being chanted throughout a whole stadium? That to me was just absolutely amazing, and I knew he was hearing it, and I think as a mom, I was more happy for him thinking about what he’s going through right now, and how hard he has worked for this moment, and it’s here. That’s what made me so emotional too is just knowing what this meant to him,"
It wasn't just mom that got a little emotional for their son, dad let the waterworks fly a little. “That was my biggest emotional thing, to hear a bunch of fans in the stadium chanting your son’s name — teary-eyed on that one. Both my wife and I, very emotional at that time. She had tears in her eyes as well.”
I would say as a parent, to watch your child grow up, work hard and realize their dreams, is by far the greatest gift any mother or father could have. “I literally just gave him the biggest, tightest hug, and I just told him that I was so super proud of him that he worked so hard for this, and deserves every last minute of it, of the enjoyment of what he got to experience today.” Congratulations to Mike White and his family from every Jet fan I know!