Gabe Myles plays quarterback and defensive back for Starkville High School. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Without question, this Father's Day morning will bring cards and ties, golf balls and baseball caps to the many proud fathers in Starkville.
While Eddie Myles will likely be among those fathers, his big gift came on Tuesday.
Myles has spent his life around athletics. He grew upÂ playing football among other sports, a path which led him to play for theÂ Mississippi State Bulldogs from 1987-90.
Now, he can be found around the gridiron as he officiates area games and MSU scrimmages.Â He also roams the sidelines on select Friday nights in the fall supporting his son Gabe.
Gabe Myles is the star quarterback for the Starkville High School Yellowjackets. His quickness and athleticism helped lead Jamie Mitchell's team to the Class 5A title game last season and played a tremendous role in landing him the opportunity to follow in his father's footsteps.
This past Tuesday Gabe announced he would accept a scholarship offer from MSU when he committed to Dan Mullen, resulting in one proud papa.
"I'm elated. I'm just really proud right now," said Eddie. "I hate to say that he is following in my footsteps, I just think he is going to exceed those things."
When asked if he was looking forward to following his father to MSU, Gabe's reply was simple.
"It is a dream come true and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it," Gabe said.
The father-son team knows there is hard work ahead in order to realize the goal of being a starting defensive back in the Southeastern Conference.
"Sure, I'm going to lean on him for advice," Gabe said. "He's played it. When I was playing quarterback, I've been playing quarterback all my life, we would do defensive back drill and wide receiver drills. He has just worked with me on being that all-around player. That's helped me out in the long run."
From a father's point of view, Eddie sees his son's days of playing quarterback as a real benefit as he moves forward.
"I think it helps him out mainly because it gets him in the routine of studying," Eddie said. "As a quarterback, you've got know what the defense is throwing at him so it has matured him because he is going to know some of the keys or signals a quarterback might throw his way."
There have been many special Father's Days in the past for Eddie Myles, and there are sure to be many more in the future, but none will be as unique as today.Â It's the Father's Day when a son committed to chasing his dream of following his father to play for the Bulldogs.
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