Life kicks you around sometimes, it scares you and beats you up. But there's one day when you realize you're not just a survivor, you're a fighter. You're tougher than anything life throws your way, and you will always be you. - OTH
Sometimes the game of life is not fair. It doesn't matter what type of person you are, how successful you are, or whether you have a family to think about. This past week John Scott learned the hard way that sometimes there's people controlling the game of life and are doing everything they can to knock you down and keep you from getting back up.
This past weekend was the NHL all star game. Every year there is a fan vote for who fans want to see in the all star the game. This year that player happened to be Michigan Tech native John Scott.
A punishing 6"8 defense men, Scott was currently in a one year contract with the Arizona Coyotes when the all-star voting began. The voting once started as a joke but soon took a life of his own with Scott leading the league in votes. A shy guy away from the media, Scott was an inspiration on his own. Having spent more penalty time in the box then actual minutes played in his NHL career, he was a role model for many, a college graduate with an engineering degree and a father of two daughters, with twins supposed to be born later this week.
With the continuing buzz and media attention, Scott wanted nothing to do with it. All he cared was about his teammates and about their team doing well. Scott himself said “I wanted it to go away,” he continues. “I was terrified of what might happen if I got voted in. I just didn’t want to go.” But after hearing from other coaches and players around the NHL reassuring to go ahead and go with it, Scott told his coaches he wanted to participate. He later received a call during the week from an NHL commissioner telling him, "John this is not the game for you". The conversation continued with probably the most mind blowing comment anyone could have said,
“Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?”
Yes that was exactly what an NHL commissioner asked John Scott. His simple response was not a retaliation or revengeful thought, just a simple comment.
"Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will — and won’t — be proud of me for."
My own words to the commissioner, who do you think you are? I don't care what position you are in or how much power you have, you never bring into account a man's children. Especially to say a comment as "how proud would they be". Really? Commissioner you don't know them, you don't know John Scott.
So after being traded and demoted, ridiculed by the NHL, told he was not an all star and then questioned and challenged about his own family, John Scott is approaching life with the same warrior mentality that he has always had. After all that he went through, John Scott still played in the All Star Game; John Scott was still named Captain of his team; John Scott scored two goals to help his team win the prize; and lastly John Scott was named All Star MVP.
So next time life throws something your way, take lessons from John Scott. Do not give up and do not stop fighting. Do it for yourself and do it for family. Fight like hell and be the warrior you were always meant to be.
- Kyle Bell
Read John Scott's personal written story that he tells and explains his own tale. http://www.theplayerstribune.com/a-guy-like-me/