I am having a hard time composing myself for this message...Reggie Miller might just be a basketball player or even less to many people in this world, but he means so much more than that to me. The words will never be perfect, but as I am emotionally raw, I will type what I feel right now.
As the warm tears roll down my cheeks, I think of all the great things that Reggie has done for the Pacers,and for the state of Indiana. I have lived in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, but make no mistake, I have always considered myself one thing...a Hoosier. I have also always considered myself a Pacer fan.
Reggie has resembled all the things that are right in the world to me. He has worked constantly to make himself better, he has always given all that he has on and off the court, and he has been the most loyal soldier that I have ever witnessed.
There are many people who see basketball as just a game. When I got distraught watching this game tonight, my wife, like many nights, just didn't get it. The game of basketball itself, might just be a game, but the efforts, pride, work ethic, and valor of some of those who play it transcend the game itself. Reggie is one of those individuals
Reggie represents so many things to me. He embodies so many different people. He is the lunch pail guy who punches the clock, he is the courageous sniper who makes the crucial shot, he is the consumate supportive friend, he is the strong person who puts all of the pressures of many on his shoulders, and he gives hope in the hours when all hope is lost.
He is an unselfish person who swallows his ego and defers to the betterment of the whole. He takes his personal time to spend with sick, disabled, and downtrodden. He helps those in need, and he asks for nothing in return. He does the right things for the right reasons.
It is rare that you see the individual that has the courage to sling the stone at Goliath, but who shuns such triumphs for personal glory.
Reggie Miller gives me hope when all seems bleak, because I have seen him rise up when all hope is lost. He gives me courage to face difficult situations, because I have seen him face the most difficult with zeal and determination. He has taught me the effervescent pride that loyalty brings, and the utter respect that being a champion demands.
Reggie Miller may have never won an NBA championship, but to me, he is a champion with no peers. God bless you Reggie Miller. There will never be another like you. Thank you for the time in your life that you have granted us. You will never be forgotten. #31 forever.