Heartfelt gratitude back to Brian Brohm who thanked fans in the Courier-Journal today for their support during his football era at the University of Louisville. Admiration for Brian was already high. His message was the equivalent of a collective Christmas card to fans who share his passion for the university.

When I decided to return for my senior season, I did so because I love being a student and an athlete at the University of Louisville. Every second I wore the Cardinal uniform was special to me. The things our team experienced over the past four years have made us not only better players but, most importantly, better people. I look forward to watching the Cards compete and excel in the coming years under the leadership of Coach Steve Kragthorpe and Mr. Tom Jurich.

So refreshing in these times. Rare is the athlete who will postpone or jeopardize a certain future in professional sports. Millions of dollars at stake. Family may be comfortable but certainly not that well off. And no one would have blamed Brian if he had turned pro.

As much as I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life, I am also saddened by the thought of leaving. I have been a Louisville Cardinal my entire life, from listening to stories of my dad’s playing days to running around old Cardinal Stadium as a kid watching my older brothers. This school and this city hold a special place in my heart that words can’t describe, and I intend to remain an active part of this community that has given so much to our family.

What a great message, a marvelous memento of the special contributions of Brian and the entire Brohm family, and a special holiday reminder of how much the university means to so many people throughout this community. Thanks, Brian. Thanks to all the Brohms.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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