Everything happens for a reason.
Words to live by for Western Kentucky senior wide receiver Jared Dangerfield. Words that kept him – and still keep him – focused.
“Everyday. I look down at my tattoo of him every day and think about him,” Jared Dangerfield said softly. “That was his favorite saying, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ That’s everyday life.”
David Dangerfield, Jared’s father, died unexpectedly of a heart attack in August of 2009. He was a respected community leader and, to many, a hero.
Jared was 16, about to be a senior at Royal Palm Beach High in Florida where the name Dangerfield was synonymous with football. Jared’s brothers Jordan and David Jr. had been his teammates and his brother T.J. had been his coach.
But his father, a former New York firefighter who was among the first responders during the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, wouldn’t be there to watch Jared’s senior season. Read More