Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Mitch Petrus’ Parents Sue & Phil Petrus

Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Mitch Petrus’ Parents Sue & Phil Petrus


WE HAVE THAT AFTER THE BREAK. WELCOME BACK TO THE GAME DAY SHOW. WE WILL TAKE OUT WEEK OFF OF OUR FOOTBALL MOM SEGMENT FOR A VERY SPECIAL REASON. MITCH PETRUS WASN’T OFFENSE OF LINEMAN WHO PLAYED THREE YEARS IN THE NFL WINNING A SUPER BOWL RING WITH THE NEW YORK GIANTS HE PASSED AWAY FROM A HEAT STROKE ON JULY 18 OF THIS YEAR . HIS PARENTS SUE AND PHIL PETRUS ARE JOINING ME NOW AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE. ONE THING THAT I LEARNED WHEN I WAS READING ABOUT MITCH AND GETTING READY FOR THIS IS THAT HE WAS A TIGHT END IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN WENT TO FULLBACK BEFORE GOING TO THE OFFENSE OF LINE SO MADE A FEW POSITION CHANGES. DID YOU HAVE A FAVORITE POSITION? THEY WERE ALL GOOD. HE ENJOYED THEM ALL. HE DID NOT MIND PLAYING WHEREVER THEY WANTED HIM TO PLAY. HE PLAYED FULLBACK, TIGHT END IN HIGH SCHOOL AND EMILY GOT HERE THERE AND CHANGE AROUND AND HE WAS RECRUITED AS AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN AND THEY PUT BACK IN THE BATTLEFIELD AND PUT BACK ON THE LINE BUT HE ENJOYED WHEREVER THEY WANTED HIM THAT’S REPLAYED. IT SEEM LIKE THE LINE WORKED OUT FOR HIM. A FIRST TEAM ALLSEC, SECOND-TEAM ALL SEC HONORS . WATCHING HIM LIVE OUT HIS DREAM AND PLAY FOR HIS HOME STATE AND BE A HARD WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? IT WAS AWESOME.SOMETIMES YOU WILL SEE PARENTS BUT FOR THE CHILDREN, WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT. MITCHELL BROUGHT LIFE TO OUR FAMILY . IN EVERYTHING THAT HE DID. HE WALKED INTO A ROOM AND EVERYTHING WILL LIGHT UP. YOU EITHER THOUGHT HE WAS REALLY AWESOME OR OBNOXIOUS, ONE OR THE OTHER. YOU KNOW WHAT IS REALLY COOL AS PARENTS? A LOT OF PARENTS WHOSE KIDS PLAY FOOTBALL MIGHT NOT PASS HIGH SCHOOL. YOU WATCHED YOUR SOFTWARE HIGH SCHOOL, PLAYING COLLEGE, PLAY IN THE NFL AND WHEN A SUPER BOWL. WHEN HE WON ASUPER BOWL RING WITH THE GIANTS COME HOW PROUD WERE YOU ? WHAT WAS THE MOMENT LIKE FOR YOU? WE WERE SITTING IN THE STANDS AND HAD A REALLY GOOD SEAT AND IT WAS JUST, THE CONFETTI AND EVERYTHING WAS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR. IT WAS AWESOME AND TO KNOW THAT HE HAD ACHIEVED IN THE FEW SHORT YEARS THAT HE HAD BEEN WITH THE GIANTS HE HAD ACHIEVED WITH SOME PLAYERS NEVER DO IN A LIFETIME. IT WAS THRILLING, IT REALLY WAS . ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL GAME WAS THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE A SCORE ON THE FIELD SO THEY HAD US BACKSTAGE TO LINE UP THE WINNERS GO OUT HERE AND THE LOSERS GO OUT HERE AND THE GAME WAS SO CLOSE THEY DO NOT KNOW SO THEY SAID YOU GUYS HANG OUT BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHO WAS GOING TOWIN THIS THING . THE SECOND WERE TAKING DOWN THE BALL IS IN THEAIR , THE GAME WAS OVER AND THE QUESTION WAS WHETHER OR NOT HE CAUGHT IT SO WE DO NOT KNOW WHO WAS GOING TO WIN BUT IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT. I GOT TO KNOW MITCH ON FOX 16 AND DOING HIGH SCHOOL COVERAGE. HE HAD ME IN TEARS I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD SOMETIMES WITH SOME OF HIS REPORTS. THOSE THAT ENCOMPASS WHO MITCH WAS? OH YES. HE WAS USUALLY CALL HIS DAD OR MYSELF AFTER THE SHOW WAS OVER WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE CAUGHT IT AND WHAT DID HE THINK? SOMETIMES I WOULD TELL HIM SIGN YOU A LITTLE OVER-THE-TOP I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT HE SAID MOM MY FRIEND MY FANS LOVEME . THAT WAS MITCH, THE EXCITEMENT THAT HE PORTRAYED DURING A GAME FOR THE CALLS HE WAS SEEING OUT THERE WITH THE FANS, HE GOT PUMPED WHEN IT CAME TO FOOTBALL . BUT I KNOW SINCE JULY HAS BEEN VERY HARD FOR THE FAMILY, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU TO BE THE HONORARY CAPTAINS IN TODAY’S GAME? YOU HAVE YOUR POSITIVE INTERVIEW YOU WANT TO SHOW SOME OF OUR FANS WATCHING BUT TO REPRESENT MITCH TODAY AS THE HONORARY CAPTAINS, HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THE FACT THAT THE UNIVERSITY ASKED US TO DO THAT IS EXTREMELYSPECIAL . MITCH HAD A SPOT IN HIS HEART FOR ARKANSAS AND THE RAZORBACKS AND HE DESIRE TO DO WHAT HE DID . I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF THE COACHES AND WE WERE TALKING THE ARKANSAS AND THE TENACITY THAT MITCH HAD THE WAY HE PLAYED AND IT WAS KIND OF CONTAGIOUS. HE HAS SOMETHING THAT WAS EASILY TAUGHT SO TO SPEAK. HE PLAYED HIS HEARTOUT . I WOULD JUST SAY THIS, MITCH WAS NOT A SUPER ATHLETE AS FAR AS ABILITY BUT HE HAD THEHEART . THE HEART IS WHAT MADE HIM WHAT HE WAS. HE HAD THE HEART AND TENACITY. Alyssa: TO JUST WRAP THIS UP WITH THAT BEINGMITCH’S LEGACY, THE HEART AND THE LOVE THAT HE HAD . THE THING THAT MITCH WAS KNOWN FOR WAS BEING THE UNDERDOG. YOUR STORY AFTER STORY ABOUT WHO WEHELPED . WHEN YOU PERCEIVE YOU AS BEING UNDERDOG HE WENT TO WORK. IT WAS THAT SIMPLE. AFTER HIS DEATH, I DID NOT KNOW HOW MUCH HE HAD DONE. WE HEARD FROM PLAYERS AND COACHES ABOUT DIFFERENT STORIES THAT HELP SOMEBODY THAT HE THOUGHT NEEDED HELP AND IT WAS JUST AMAZING. SOME INSTRUCTORS HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY WROTE LETTERS. MITCH WOULD TELL YOU, HE SAID YOU NEED CONFIDENCEJUST TOUCH ME . Alyssa: WE LOVEHIM AND MISS HIM AND WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE BOTH OF YOU. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND ENJOY TODAY . COMING UP NEXT ONTHE GAME THEY SHOW, YOUR HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN ANNOUNCED LAST NIGHT . GET TO KNOW THEM A LITTLE BIT

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