What’s Five Miles to Make Your Little Brother Smile?

974559_10201801686182527_1979857980_n

Every year around Christmastime there are so many heartwarming stories of just how far people will go to make the holiday a perfect one.

One such story is that of  17-year old Gage Friend and his six-year old brother. The Friend family are huge Baltimore Ravens football fans and, like most of us, spend countless hours cheering on the purple and black.

The Friend brothers even stayed up late enough to watch Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kick his game winning 61-yard field goal against the the Lions on Monday night. It was then that Gage knew what the perfect Christmas present would be for his younger brother.

The following day after school Gage was determined to make it to White Marsh Mall where the hero of the Lions game, Tucker, was on hand signing autographs at the AT&T store. Gage had made arrangements with a friend for a ride to the mall and was ready to make his perfect gift a reality.

However, as fate would have it, his ride never showed. Gage was – apparently – stranded.

Undeterred, just like his favorite football team, Gage refused to let a little adversity stand in his way.

Nope. Not that day.

Gage clenched his jaw, steeled his reserve, and decided he was going to make the five-mile trek from Essex to White Marsh…on foot.

“I promised my little brother that I would get him Justin’s autograph and I didn’t want to break that promise to him,” Gage stated when I asked about him walking such a distance. “It’s Christmas and I wanted to make sure he got the present he wanted. I figured people run marathons a lot longer than five miles so I knew I could do it.”

After hoofing it five miles in near-freezing temperatures, then waiting in line for over 50 minutes, Gage finally reached the table where Number 9 was signing. At that point, he was finally able to secure the Christmas present he set out for:

A Super Bowl Ravens hat with Justin Tucker’s autograph written across the brim, for his little brother.

A brother’s bond is special as anyone who has one can attest. You can fight one day and be best friends the next day. The Friend brothers will always have that special bond as they continue to cheer on the Ravens for many years to come.

 

Follow me on Twitter @sportguyRSR

This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Brian Bower. Bookmark the permalink.

About Brian Bower

Brian Bower
Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest...more

5 Raves on “What’s Five Miles to Make Your Little Brother Smile?

  1. Aunt Kelly on said:

    Family is is a very special bond that no matter the weather, no matter the distance, family will always be there.Awesome Gage, Aunt Kelly is proud of you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

Jimmy Smith Will be a Raven in 2015

There has been some recent concern around Baltimore that the Ravens are going to lose CB Jimmy Smith after this season because his stellar play is going to price him out of the Ravens’ price range. ...read more

VINE: Steve Smith Blows Up Robert Alford

Through every game this year, Steve Smith Sr. makes you even happier than you were last week that he is a Raven. This week, he blew up a Falcon's DB on a block as he was coming across the field. Vine ...read more

TV GEEK: The WORST Broadcast Team on TV!

I've been writing TV Geek articles since the beginning of the 2013 season and I must say this is the worst broadcast team that I've experienced. By far and by a landslide.  This broadcast had me s...read more

TALE OF THE TAPE: Will Hill’s Ravens Debut

The Baltimore Ravens have the best scoring defense in the league (14.9 points per game), but a much-anticipated addition to the defense that showed up for the first time on Sunday could make the defe...read more

Behind Enemy Lines: Will Cincy Be AJ Green-less?

Cincinnati Bengals Mission impossible without Green The Bengals are struggling without star wide receiver A.J. Green and it has cost them their AFC North division lead as they were embarrassed by ...read more

View More