2022 class takes its spot in Canton

Speech by Sam Mills’ widow, Melanie Mills:

“You’ve got already heard a whole lot of statistics, however as we speak I need to discuss to you concerning the humanity of 1 man. On the floor, the Sam Mills story is a narrative of a person who was informed that he wasn’t adequate, adequate to play faculty soccer or that he wasn’t large enough to play skilled soccer. And on the age of 27, he wasn’t younger sufficient for the NFL. And but, right here we’re as we speak, celebrating him. That is as a result of Sam labored more durable than his friends, he took benefit of each alternative, he grew to become a legendary athlete.”

“From the Philadelphia Stars to the New Orleans Saints to the Carolina Panthers, for those who had been working arduous at something, Sam would let you understand he appreciated your arduous work. You may be a teammate, a coach, a ball boy, a safety guard. He would make you’re feeling seen. It is no marvel that Sam impressed so many individuals or that the Panthers adopted his motto, ‘Hold Pounding.'”

“He led by instance and folks adopted. He was greater than only a nice soccer participant, he was a father, a pal, a husband. And a frontrunner who all the time saved poundin’, it doesn’t matter what the percentages had been. So, thanks for this honor, for believing in Sam and for serving to to maintain his story alive. Hold poundin’ everybody, that is what Sam would need you to do.”