Rochelle Stidham

Call it what you want, but I call it brilliant.

Most of the time you hear people say, “Oh, that guy is living through his kids,” as he helps coach football, soccer, and various other sports. It’s often wrongly assumed that the individual is living vicariously through his kids, most certainly having failed as a kid himself.

You can’t say that about Mike Flynt, a 59-year-old man who just returned as a player to college football at Sul Ross State in Alpine.


According to the Associated Press, Flynt has given new meaning to becoming a college senior and is expected to play on the Division III team. Flynt was kicked off the team back when he was a young college student after getting into a fight. Sul Ross decided it would be in the college’s best interest to allow him to get his degree — but somewhere else. That wasn’t good enough for Flynt, who has been bothered for 37 years for letting down his team for something he probably could have prevented.

Because he has kept up with his physical fitness through his own invention of the Powerbase training system and working as a strength and conditioning coach, he decided to finish something he started.

We all have situations like Mike Flynt, “where could of and should of” follow us around for years. This man let that thought eat at him all these years, but in the end, persevered to settle his past.

It’s one of life’s great lessons and one that we all could learn from.

Some of you might think this guy is crazy and one good blow to the head will send him back to where he was 37 years ago. But the moral of this story is he went back to finish something that he started — and nobody was going to talk him out of it.

I say “Good Luck Mr. Flynt; you have inspired me.”

With football beginning this season, we can all be reminded to finish what we start and do it with dignity and honesty.

On another note, I want to thank the 7th and 8th grade football players of HJH for taking the time to help with the hamburger supper Friday night at the SHS scrimmage sponsored by the Booster Club.

The first day of school is tomorrow for most of North Texas. Moms and dads will wake up searching for coffee and packing lunches before rushing out the door.

It will be good to get back to a routine.