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Offline HogofWar

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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #100 on: November 29, 2011, 01:08:19 PM »
Garrett's funeral was very emotional. When the balloons were released and the Hogs were called, I almost lost it. Father Fred and Steve Straessle did a great job! I was glad to see Garrett's life celebrated as more than a Razorback which he will always be.

Do not know if this was posted or not, but it was on ESPN.

RIP, Garrett. Woo Pig Sooie!

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7291887/garrett-uekman-arkansas-razorbacks-school-pride-part-service-tight-end-mourned

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mourners lifted their hands as though in prayer, then gave a "Woo Pig Sooie" cheer Monday as they said goodbye to Garrett Uekman, the 19-year-old Arkansas football player who died suddenly last week from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Many of the 1,200 people who packed Christ the King Catholic Church for Uekman's funeral Mass spilled onto the lawn afterward, holding red and white helium-filled balloons handed out at the end of the service. As the Razorback flag-bearing hearse prepared to take Uekman's wooden casket away for burial, the crowd released the balloons and chanted for the Hogs, much like what they do at home football games.

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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #101 on: December 01, 2011, 11:32:45 AM »
Sadly...another UofA student has passed away.  :'(

http://newswire.uark.edu/article.aspx?id=17315
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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #102 on: December 01, 2011, 11:46:25 AM »
Sadly...another UofA student has passed away.  :'(

http://newswire.uark.edu/article.aspx?id=17315

Think I recognize her from my trips back to the law school for stuff; that's horrible.

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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #103 on: December 01, 2011, 11:46:59 AM »
Damn, that sucks.

Hug your loved one folks.  We are not promised tomorrow.

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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #104 on: February 22, 2012, 05:41:54 PM »
Still saddened by this.




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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #105 on: November 27, 2013, 02:21:54 PM »
Though about this weekend and meant to post something then but never did.

He died two years ago the day after the aMm game.  I remember feeling so emotional about things heading into the 2011 LSU game. Makes me sad to think about it, but I am also more thankful for and more appreciative of my family and friends.

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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #106 on: November 27, 2013, 02:57:41 PM »
No Bystanders

Letting go of a good kid is hard to do. Letting go of an exceptional kid is almost unbearable. At Catholic High, we’re surrounded by boys who are striving to be exceptional young men. You should see them. They all enter our doors as scared..., shaking little freshmen who are wondering if they can survive in a school with no girls and no air conditioning. Then, as seniors, they graduate as confident young men who know that they are armed with strong faith, a strong work ethic, and the ability to endure life’s pitfalls. No easy roads are promised at Catholic High. Instead, Catholic High promises the strength to rise to challenges and to be more than just an average man. Oftentimes, we are fortunate to get a few freshmen who are not shaking and scared…we get a few of them who are quietly confident in their ability and revel in the challenges we present them.


That was Garrett Uekman. Back in the days when iPhones were still new, when Facebook was still just for college kids, and back when Seth Armbrust actually had short hair, Garrett Uekman came to Catholic High from one of the smallest parochial schools in the state. Yes, he stood out. Yes, he was easily identified as a gifted athlete and one of the smart kids. But, more importantly, he slowly built a solid reputation for being a man of faith and a man who respected and adored his family. To say that the other boys looked up to him is to say that Everest is a mountain. He was just that good. I teach a class of seniors in American Politics and my classroom is right next to a classroom of freshmen World History students. And…every year, I try to make an impression on the freshmen by getting on to an exceptional senior for something small. Years ago, I took Jake Bequette to the hall to get on to him and I did it just like this…..a couple of years ago I got onto Garrett Uekman, just like this….and then once I got on to Seth Armbrust just like this….The message was clear to the freshmen…the expectations are high here and no one is immune from correction. Garrett, for his part, smiled through the entire exchange. He knew what was happening and knew what his role was. I heard one freshman say, “Man, if he’ll get onto to Garrett Uekman like that, God only knows what he’ll do to me.” Garrett knew he was the example and reveled in it.


At Catholic High, we have one rule that encompasses all the others, one rule that transcends everything else and is at the heart of Christ’s message. That rule is: Never be a bystander. If your faith is tested, defend it. If someone is hungry, feed him. If one is downcast, encourage him. If your test is difficult, prepare for it. If your friends are troubled, step up. If the little guy needs you, be there. Bystanders watch life go by. People like Garrett Uekman get in the game. Bad things happen when bystanders are in the crowd. Good things pour forth when people like Garrett step forth. You don’t live your dreams by twiddling your thumbs when action is called for. You live your dreams by getting into the game. It’s just that simple and Garrett was the embodiment of that spirit.

Another quick story….We have no tolerance for bullying at Catholic High. Every school says that, but we mean it and we have some unorthodox ways for handling it. A couple of years ago, I had a report that a big, tough freshman was bullying another freshman. So, I called the boy into my office. When the freshman walked in he was greeted by big tough Garrett Uekman and two other big tough senior football players. I told the freshman that I had heard he was a bullying another kid and that it was going to stop. I asked the seniors if they’d like to say anything and Garrett, in his letterman’s jacket stood up and leaned in to the boy and said, “That’s not the way we do things here. So let me be clear. If it happens again, Mr. Straessle is not your problem…I am your problem. Do you understand?” The big tough freshman gritted his teeth and looked Garrett in the eye and said… “Yes sir.” Problem solved. You see, Garrett was a leader. He got in to the game. He was not going to be a bystander when he could have impact in a positive manner. He made others, through his actions, want to be better.


What a gift. What an example. Danny, Michele, Meagan, please know that your Catholic High family grieves with you. Please know that your son was a North Star to many of us. Please know that many Catholic High lives breathed easier because they were in Garrett’s orbit. If there is a legacy that Garrett Uekman could leave for us, it would be to never be a bystander. He lived a life of action backed by strong intentions. He lived a life rooted in going the extra mile. He lived a life of stepping up. This I know….bystanders chase dreams. People like Garret Uekman live them. God bless you, Garrett. God bless us all. -Steve Straessle, Principal, Catholic High School for Boys, Little Rock, Arkansas


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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #107 on: November 27, 2013, 03:16:54 PM »
Good stuff.   :thumbup:  :beer:

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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #108 on: November 27, 2013, 04:37:25 PM »
No Bystanders

Letting go of a good kid is hard to do. Letting go of an exceptional kid is almost unbearable. At Catholic High, we’re surrounded by boys who are striving to be exceptional young men. You should see them. They all enter our doors as scared..., shaking little freshmen who are wondering if they can survive in a school with no girls and no air conditioning. Then, as seniors, they graduate as confident young men who know that they are armed with strong faith, a strong work ethic, and the ability to endure life’s pitfalls. No easy roads are promised at Catholic High. Instead, Catholic High promises the strength to rise to challenges and to be more than just an average man. Oftentimes, we are fortunate to get a few freshmen who are not shaking and scared…we get a few of them who are quietly confident in their ability and revel in the challenges we present them.


That was Garrett Uekman. Back in the days when iPhones were still new, when Facebook was still just for college kids, and back when Seth Armbrust actually had short hair, Garrett Uekman came to Catholic High from one of the smallest parochial schools in the state. Yes, he stood out. Yes, he was easily identified as a gifted athlete and one of the smart kids. But, more importantly, he slowly built a solid reputation for being a man of faith and a man who respected and adored his family. To say that the other boys looked up to him is to say that Everest is a mountain. He was just that good. I teach a class of seniors in American Politics and my classroom is right next to a classroom of freshmen World History students. And…every year, I try to make an impression on the freshmen by getting on to an exceptional senior for something small. Years ago, I took Jake Bequette to the hall to get on to him and I did it just like this…..a couple of years ago I got onto Garrett Uekman, just like this….and then once I got on to Seth Armbrust just like this….The message was clear to the freshmen…the expectations are high here and no one is immune from correction. Garrett, for his part, smiled through the entire exchange. He knew what was happening and knew what his role was. I heard one freshman say, “Man, if he’ll get onto to Garrett Uekman like that, God only knows what he’ll do to me.” Garrett knew he was the example and reveled in it.


At Catholic High, we have one rule that encompasses all the others, one rule that transcends everything else and is at the heart of Christ’s message. That rule is: Never be a bystander. If your faith is tested, defend it. If someone is hungry, feed him. If one is downcast, encourage him. If your test is difficult, prepare for it. If your friends are troubled, step up. If the little guy needs you, be there. Bystanders watch life go by. People like Garrett Uekman get in the game. Bad things happen when bystanders are in the crowd. Good things pour forth when people like Garrett step forth. You don’t live your dreams by twiddling your thumbs when action is called for. You live your dreams by getting into the game. It’s just that simple and Garrett was the embodiment of that spirit.

Another quick story….We have no tolerance for bullying at Catholic High. Every school says that, but we mean it and we have some unorthodox ways for handling it. A couple of years ago, I had a report that a big, tough freshman was bullying another freshman. So, I called the boy into my office. When the freshman walked in he was greeted by big tough Garrett Uekman and two other big tough senior football players. I told the freshman that I had heard he was a bullying another kid and that it was going to stop. I asked the seniors if they’d like to say anything and Garrett, in his letterman’s jacket stood up and leaned in to the boy and said, “That’s not the way we do things here. So let me be clear. If it happens again, Mr. Straessle is not your problem…I am your problem. Do you understand?” The big tough freshman gritted his teeth and looked Garrett in the eye and said… “Yes sir.” Problem solved. You see, Garrett was a leader. He got in to the game. He was not going to be a bystander when he could have impact in a positive manner. He made others, through his actions, want to be better.


What a gift. What an example. Danny, Michele, Meagan, please know that your Catholic High family grieves with you. Please know that your son was a North Star to many of us. Please know that many Catholic High lives breathed easier because they were in Garrett’s orbit. If there is a legacy that Garrett Uekman could leave for us, it would be to never be a bystander. He lived a life of action backed by strong intentions. He lived a life rooted in going the extra mile. He lived a life of stepping up. This I know….bystanders chase dreams. People like Garret Uekman live them. God bless you, Garrett. God bless us all. -Steve Straessle, Principal, Catholic High School for Boys, Little Rock, Arkansas

And that's why my son is a proud graduate of Catholic High. We get called animals and such by those who live in other parts of the state but I would put the character of. Catholic grad against any. More times than not, it's a suckers bet!

My son was a year ahead of Garrett and spoke of his athleticism, leadership and friendship often but mainly he spoke of his friendship.
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Re: W88PIGS88IE. Tributes to Garrett Uekman
« Reply #109 on: November 28, 2013, 08:02:46 PM »
I doubt any school in the state has a prinicipal with the class and acumen of Steve Straessle.  I knew him when he was a student at CHS a few years ahead of me.  Even when he was just a teacher he commanded the respect of 800 unruly boys.  CHS would've died a slow death had he not come along to guide it.

The Uekman thing still makes me sick.  Kid had an incredibly bright future as a player and was smart enough to go back and become a lawyer, doctor, or whatever he wanted to do.  Never got in trouble or caused any problems.  Just a damn shame.

 

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