Kilgore father headed to Rose Bowl

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -  Willie Daniels is smelling the roses.

"Growing up watching the Archie Griffin's and OJ Simpson's in the Rose Bowl, to know that I'm going to the Rose Bowl because of my son is just overwhelming," said Daniels.

It's a dream this father never expected when his son Wayne put on shoulder pads for the very first time.

"To see your child playing football at such a young age, you see the mistakes he makes," said Daniels.  "They get upset and mad, but you tell them to keep going."

Wayne Daniels grew into a state champion at Kilgore.  He then became an All American at T.C.U.

Now he'll play in the grand daddy of college football games.  The Rose Bowl.

"We're leaving tomorrow (Wednesday) and I'm already excited," said Willie Daniels.

It will be the first bowl game the Daniels family will get to see in person.

"He (Wayne) wanted me to wait until his senior year because he told me at the beginning of the season he was going to have a great year," said Daniels.  "I can honestly say I'm living a fathers dream right now."

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