Football Coach Searches For Biological Mother, But Ends Up Finding So Much More.
It was during their visits to the doctor that the couple was asked about their medical history. There were so many unanswered questions they had about Deland's family's medical history. Deland had no idea if his birth parents were dead or alive. Eventually, the desire to find his biological mother became even more intense.
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Deland decided to become a teacher and football coach at Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was finally able to use all of the skills he had acquired over the years. And what was even better was that he was able to help young players reach their ultimate potential. In 2011, Miami University offered him a position as their running backs coach.
It was late in 2017 when Deland began to search for the parents that he had never met. Luckily, there had been a change to the laws surrounding the ease of access to adoption papers, so Deland took full advantage of the situation. It didn’t take him long at all to find information about the woman who gave birth to him.
Deland did a search on Facebook for his biological mother, Carol Briggs. He found a woman that looked very similar to him and his children. Deland messaged her: “Hello, I apologize for reaching out to you like this, but did you have a son in Allegheny County in 1972 that you put up for adoption?” He waited for her reply. All of the questions that he thought about for his entire life were about to be answered!
The Phone Call
She replied "yes." Then another question: "What did you name the baby?" She answered "Jon." She was could feel something wonderful was happening when her phone suddenly rang. It was Deland calling. She knew this was the baby she had to give up years ago when she was just 16. The conversation was very emotional. They both had wondered if this day would ever happen.“It was like I had known her all my life,” Deland told ESPN. His biological mother lived just ten minutes away from him in Youngstown, Ohio when he was in high school. Carol admitted that she thought of him often. She even made posts to her Facebook on his birthday each year. She searched the adoption websites to see if he was looking for her. She told ESPN that her mother used to say, "You need to find that boy."
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