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My Son Goes To LSU...

For four years, Ruth and Alvin Flynn watched their son as he waited for his chance. Now, that chance is here and Matt is one of the college football's best quarterbacks.

"We knew he was ready, we knew he could do the job," Ruth said. "Every moment he steps on that field it's just been a gift because it's just been a long time coming."

Mom and Dad were never really concerned there son would not be able to handle the pressure of being QB for one of the nation's largest football programs.

"I asked him if he was going to be nervous saying hut-hut in a 100 thousand plus stadium and he said, 'I love it! I love it!'"

The Flynn's are the real life version of the American dream. Mom Ruth is the director of Tyler Junior College's Apache Belles.  Dad Alvin was a quarterback during the late 1960's at Baylor. The baby of the family is now the LSU quarterback.

One job Matt is learning well, how to work with the media. He addressed becoming the starter at a recent LSU press conference. "Over my years here I've learned a lot of patience and I've learned that things aren't going to be given to you," Matt said. "You've got to come out and work everyday."

Matt's coolness under pressure at Lee made him a standout to recruiters landing him at LSU. He worked hard but remained a backup behind now Oakland Raider rookie Jamarcus Russell.

"It's not too bad being behind the number one draft choice," Ruth said. "Matt and Jamarcus were very good friends. I think Matt pushed Jamarcus to be a better quarterback and vice versa."

In five years the Flynn's have only missed two LSU home games.

"We joke and say we've spent a lot of money watching him on one knee for the last four years."

With his dad's experience leading a major college team, Matt gets constant lessons in staying humble.

"We try to take it in a realistic approach and understand that there is nothing given to you and that hard work has got him where he is now," Alvin said. "Things beyond his control, anyone's control could take it away."

Matt is nearing the end of his college career. The NFL is now a definite possibility. But Alvin says Matt still has another priority.

"He's a lot more concerned with making this the best year LSU has ever had."

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