CYPRESS — To dream is to fantasize about something that is desired. Everyone dreams, and that includes Jeanette Elliff, whose daughter is a teacher at Cypress Falls High School.
By Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS
That dream – what Elliff had in the back of her mind hoping for the opportunity – was to score a touchdown. She kept it to herself for nearly 50 years, only recently announcing her dream aloud to her daughter, Pamela Broussard, who works with students in the New Arrival Center (NAC) at Cypress Falls.
Broussard, with the help of the Golden Eagles’ football team, decided to discreetly plan to make her mother’s dream come true.
“Keeping it a secret from my parents was easy,” said Broussard, who planned it for Elliff’s birthday. “Getting them to stick to the plan was the hard part.”
When the day came, mother and daughter joined the Cypress Falls football team on the practice fields Nov. 13. The Golden Eagles lined up like they did many times before, with T.J. Goodwin ready in shotgun formation.
Only this time, Elliff flanked the senior quarterback.
On his command, Goodwin took the snap and completed a short pass to Elliff, who made her way to the endzone amid cheering from all the players, coaches, staff and students on hand to watch.
“It was wonderful,” Elliff said. “I’ve just always liked football.”
Following a touchdown celebration, Elliff and her husband, Broussard and the Golden Eagles posed for photos. The support was overwhelming for Broussard, who added the touchdown was something she will never forget.
“It was not part of anyone’s job, but it was a part of many people’s hearts,” Broussard said. “It will be a day we remember and talk about for a long time.”
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