Wire: Remembering my 'Final Walk'
Pac-12 Networks analyst Coy Wire played running back and inside linebacker at Stanford from 1998-2000. Follow him on Twitter @CoyWire
As with all great college football traditions across the country, the Final Walk at Stanford is remarkable. Stanford's seniors strolled through campus with their team for the last time on Saturday, on their way take on the #11 ranked Oregon State Beavers in Palo Alto.
As a Stanford football player, your "Final Walk" slips through your fingers just when you begin to wish that that you could hold on to those moments forever.
As a young Stanford player, you see the seniors before you make their Final Walk. You've seen the blank stares. You've seen the brotherly hugs. It's obvious that the seniors' Final Walk is a special moment.
When the day of your Final Walk arrives, memories flood in. You remember all that has brought you to that moment. You remember your first day stepping on the Farm, all of the hard work you've done in the weight room, on the practice field and in the classroom. A deep sense of respect for all the men who have made that Final Walk before you creeps in, and then a deep sense of appreciation that you have now made it to that point overwhelms you.
You realize that you'll never make that walk again. You understand that you'll never play in Stanford Stadium again, and you know that all good things must come to an end. Your time at Stanford is almost over, but you realize that you've made friendships that will last forever. You reflect on memories that will last a lifetime.
Game day is here. It's time to take that walk. Walk tall, give it your all, and now it's time to play some ball.
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