Let’s face it, John O’Korn will not go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Michigan football history. In fact, he may go down as one of the worst, especially after his most recent performance this past Saturday against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
That being said, what O’Korn has had to endure since losing to the Buckeyes is an absolute disgrace. As we know, the Twitter trolls come out in full force to pile on when a player does not perform up to their expectations and that’s exactly what is happening in this situation. The Wolverines signal-caller has been called just about every name in the book and that is unacceptable.
One person who has had enough of the trolling is Tammi Carr. Carr is the mother of Chad Carr, the 5-year-old boy who passed away in 2015 after suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.
On Sunday, Tammi posted the following message on her Facebook page, which includes a letter from John O’Korn.
I want you all to know that you may not be thrilled with the game….and you may not be thrilled with the outcome I don’t think any Michigan fans are….but to see the hatred that is being thrown around at this young man…it is making me sick.
I have not shared this publicly before but I think the time is right. This is the note that John o’korn sent to us after Chad’s passing. This young college student didn’t know us but took the time to send us this beautiful message. Read it and think about this before you spew some more nasty hateful vitriol. This is a Michigan man and that’s bigger than football
I’ve been wanting to write you for some time now. I’ve had a hard time formulating all of my thoughts, but more than anything I just want to thank you. Thank you for walking with so much strength and courage through a season I couldn’t ever imagine going through myself. The faith you and your family have shown over the past few months has been such an encouragement to me as a believer and has touched more lives than you’ll ever know. Just from watching from afar, I hope that one day I can be the type of parent that you and Jason are. I’m so encouraged by Chad’s life – your “oopsie” child – it was the furthest thing from an accident. He lived such a full life and continues to inspire people and change the world every day. For that, I am so grateful.
I think about my CJ…who is a quarterback and I think about what I would be feeling if it were him in John’s position. Well I would hope that he would react with all of the grace and maturity that I have seen from John. Just thought I’d share some perspective people. Please feel free to tag those who could use a little. Thanks.
Folks, let’s remember that athletes, no matter what their age may be, are trying their absolute best to perform at the highest level. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail. But to jump on social media to attack them is beneath anyone who considers themselves a human being who cares about others.