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There were times when the team would go through the motions at practice, and the assistant coaches called it off, sensing the emotion was far adrift from anything to do with football. On the first day of school, teachers and administrators will keep an eye on anyone who is still struggling with Adam’s death.
The wound is far from healed, but it has been covered over by pads and football helmets bearing a cross under the No. 2 — Adam’s number. The family has set up a foundation in Adam’s honor that might go to a scholarship or another cause to help children who feel alone, John says.
But remembering Adam is deeper than a sticker, or even a win on the football field, the players say. There is no victory or title that will bring their brother back. More so than winning a game, it’s been about playing the game and having each other to lean on.
"I’m actually looking forward to that first football game," Dominic says. "Adam would want me to play, and not just for him. For myself. For Juan Diego."
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