Telyse adopted the 13-year-old half brothers in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

A tour guide, as well, to the excitement that surrounds the program. In Schilling’s four years in Westwood, he would go out to lunch nearly every day with Alford and the UCLA staff. They’d go on campus or close to it, but Schilling can’t recall a single time anyone asked for an autograph or a picture. “Now, if we have a kid on an unofficial visit?” he says. “Shoot, there’s pictures already online. It’s just a different thing.”

How to use something to make you a better person, or to think positive about it or to take the better route because of it, is what I think I can do more than anything.”

When Zaevion was three, a man fired 16 bullets into their home in the 2800 block of 17th Avenue South, with one striking and later killing Johanna Hollis, Zaevion’s mother, while she held him in her arms.

“My mom was sitting in the chair. She got up and ran,” Hollis’ eldest daughter told the Pioneer Press in 2008. “She had her son in her hand, the 3-year-old, and put all the babies in the kitchen, and when she was standing by the doorway, the bullet grazed my cousin in the face and hit my mom in her artery.”

Her messages still ring loudly in her son’s ears, especially the one about her being his story. This wasn’t the story Prescott wanted, but he’s come to understand that he can serve another purpose beyond raising cancer awareness and education—a beacon for others who have also lost loved ones, and may not be sure if or how they can move forward.

So rather than watch Kizer go into the kind of rut in which he spent most of his last year at Notre Dame, they figured the best thing to do was give him a breather and let him evaluate the good and bad of the beginning of his NFL career.
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