How come it seems we never get a chance to meet outstanding people until they pass away? This is the case with Kent State University football player Jason Bitsko. I never met him, never knew anything about him or even his name or who the number 54 belonged to until now. That saying about "the good die young" is so true this time.
I remember reading a saying, I don't know who wrote it or even remember where I read it, but it went something like this: "Remember me as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare for death and follow me."
It is said that Jason's last tweet read: "There are 86,4000 seconds in a day. Make sure that you use one of those to thank God for everything you have. #stayfocused."
I think the Golden Flashes are a bit dimmer without No. 54 in the center, but I hope that just one person who reads this letter will take just one of the 86,400 seconds today and every day and do what Jason did. I believe he is now the center on another team, and it will be a winning team.
Clifford S. Porter Jr., Brimfield