Minnesota Golden Gophers placekicker Justin Juenemann may never view T-shirt cannons the same way again after he was surprised by head coach P.J. Fleck on Wednesday.
Bleacher Report Fleck introduced members of the team to Kyle, a young man who is a patient at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, during what appeared to be a standard meeting. Kyle explained he remembered seeing Juenemann “a lot” at the hospital. Fleck then directed Kyle to use a T-shirt cannon to deliver more than an article of clothing to his favorite player. Juenemann, who has yet to see in-game action for Minnesota, completed the reception, but it took him a few seconds to notice the message on the shirt:”Justin, congrats on earning a scholarship!” Following a celebration with his teammates, Juenemann was praised by his coach. “I’ve never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy, who is not a star player, who hasn’t played, where his face is recognizable,” Fleck said in front of his team. “He could easily just not do it and nobody would ever say anything. And all he does is continue to keep his oar in his water, live that holistic life academically, athletically, socially and spiritually.” The season hasn’t even started yet, but Juenemann is already a big winner.
These videos never get old to me. I can understand some people being all rigid about them and thinking “oh there goes another college athlete getting to play ball and go to school for free while I’m here looking at 300 years of loans.” I can understand that but jealousy is a stinky cologne and though it’s hard, you should do everything you can to be happy for other people’s success especially this kid.
Justin Juenemann hasn’t yet kicked in a real game yet but that hasn’t stopped him from donating much of his time to the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. His coach, coach Fleck says it better than me
“I’ve never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy, who is not a star player, who hasn’t played, where his face is recognizable,”
Hearing that just has to make you feel great, but then getting a t-shirt shot at you by one of kids who saw you all the time at the hospital he was at that says you don’t have to worry about paying for college has gotta feel divine. Your whole team is super excited for you and you feel like the man. Just an awesome feeling. Hope Justin goes out there and makes it his goal to kick the ball through the net. That be a sight to see.
The elaborateness of these occasions are getting more inventive every year. I’m all for it and yet, I don’t love it when a high school kid gets all outlandish with which college they’re signing with. Just doesn’t have the same feel to me. I feel that those videos are more about 1-upping others which is fine, but these videos are about making someone feel good, which I’m always about doing.