Attention-Getting Statement: Some of us are not born with a silver spoon to eat from and must make the best of our surroundings. Did you ever look at how hard your parents worked for the little that they possessed? Is your job just a job that pay the bills yet offers little in the regards or self fulfillment.
Credibility Statement: During the last thirty years I have had to make decisions which would ultimately decide my fate. One man has been there to answer the call for advice; my grandfather Walt.
Connecting Statement: Most of us remember our grandparents as the ones who always loved us. Not parental love, unconditional
Thesis Statement: My grandfather will not be written down in any history books; the men who fought by his side are now marked by a white cross
Preview: I am now going to share with you the story of my stepfather's over-confidence as a youth, misfortunes throughout his life, and his eventual triumph.
Transition: I'll now begin by describing the foundation of my stepfather's life, his youth.
Main Point #1: Growing up, Ed did not live in a typical household, unless you consider having a professional football star as your father typical. And if that were not bad enough, his uncle was also in the NFL at the time. Having such talent nearby molded his over-confidence in the sport of football.
His parents met while his father played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his mother was the football team's secretary. Soon after, Ed was born, practically with a football in his hand during the spring of 1967. As a youngster, he played in the backyard with his brother Matt, who would be born two years later. Ed would then go on to play on the mini football team for his hometown of Swoyersville.
As he entered Wyoming Valley West High School, it was expected that he would play on their football team. He did, and after a successful four-year career as quarterback and tailback, the...