Steve Eighinger

Two high school football teams show the spirit of the season

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 9:40 am

What better week than this to honor our "Good Guys of the Month?"

The spirit of Thanksgiving abounds in this month's installment, the 28th since we started this particular awards ceremony in late 2015.

?Bronze medal

Actor Matthew McConaughey celebrated his 48th birthday -- is he really that old? -- by handing out hand out 4,500 free turkeys to local families in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

McConaughey worked with 250 volunteers to deliver the birds in and around Lawrenceburg.

"Thank you for being here and giving up your Saturday for this," McConaughey said earlier this month in a speech to the volunteers, which he shared on Facebook. "We believe in our family that the more you're thankful for, the more you're going to create in your life to be thankful for."

Nice going, Mr. McConaughey.

?Silver medal

Pope Francis was presented a specially made papal-themed Lamborghini, but quickly noted he has no plans to drive it. Instead, the pontiff will have it auctioned by Sotheby's for charitable purposes.

The vehicle, which Pope Francis autographed and blessed, has been called by one publication the "Supercar of the Year." This particular Lamborghini has a base value of $250,000, but since the vehicle was created specially for the pontiff it could sell for even more.

The Catholic News Agency said proceeds generated from the auction will reportedly go toward three different causes: restoring Christian villages that have been damaged by ISIS in Iraq, assisting victims of human trafficking and financing outreach work in Africa.

?Gold medal

This is one of our rare "collective" medal awards. Normally, I prefer the singular approach, but a pair of high school football teams in Virginia and their coaching staffs will share this month's honor.

A high school football player with cerebral palsy was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he scored on an 80-yard touchdown. Senior Sepp Shirey is a popular member of the Atlee High School football family, but cerebral palsy limits his ability to walk, and he often needs crutches.

Atlee coach Matt Gray wanted to provide Sepp with the memory of a lifetime by putting him in a game. Gray let referees know that he was going to put Sepp in the game, and the officials told opposing coach Stu Brown.

Sepp took a hand-off and players on both teams cheered him on as he worked his way down the field, with a ball in his hands instead of crutches.

"We learned more from him than what anyone thought we gave him," Brown told

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