You don’t play pro soccer in North America for the money or the glory. You play it out of love and pride. Craig Waibel likely makes a comfortable living, but he isn’t wealthy. He’s probably recognized in the supermarket from time to time, but he isn’t famous. To a guy like Waibel, a championship medal is the symbol of everything he worked for as an athlete.
It’s truly stunning to think that he would give it up for anything—even a dying boy.
When Waibel gave the medal to the young boy, I’m sure he didn’t do it so that a guy like me could draw attention to him. But, I’m going to anyway because it’s nice to know that there are still some good guys out there.