Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Football Coach Searches For Biological Mother, But Ends Up Finding So Much More.

Baby Boy

In 1972, a baby boy was born to a 16-year-old girl named Carol Briggs. His first name was originally Jon, but when Carol gave him up for adoption to a family that was better equipped to care for him, the new family changed his name to Deland. Unfortunately, Carol never told Deland’s birth father about the boy.

Baby Boy

ESPN / Bill Marsh / YouTube

Adopted

Deland was only six weeks old when he was adopted by a couple from Youngstown, Ohio. The happy couple welcomed Deland into their family with open arms. Unfortunately, the happy family didn’t stay that way for long. When he was only two years old, Deland’s adoptive parents divorced each other, and Deland was once again left without a father figure in his life.

Fatherless

Deland never heard from his adoptive father again. His mother, Adelle Comer, tried her best to support her two boys on her own. Deland has memories of utilities being shut off at their home for many days at a time because she was unable to make payments.

Fatherless

ESPN / Bill Marsh / YouTube

Sports

Adelle was more than determined to not allow the end of her marriage to control Deland’s future. She wanted Deland to live life to the fullest, and she wanted to do whatever it took to help get him there. Adelle encouraged Deland to participate in sports, after-school activities, and church. But there was one sport, in particular, that Deland not only loved playing, but he excelled at as well.

Sports

ESPN / Bill Marsh / YouTube

Star Running Back

That sport was football. Because of football, Deland was able to get his mind off of his stressful home life. Throughout the years, Deland began to get better at playing football. Eventually, when Deland was a senior in high school, he became the star running back for his high school varsity team, which meant that college recruits were hearing his name and playing close attention to what he could do on the field.

Star Running Back

ESPN / Bill Marsh / YouTube

Page 1 of 5