John O’Korn has not played very well for Michigan this season, but he means a lot to some significant figures around the program.
O’Korn, filling in for injured quarterbacks Wilton Speight and Brandon Peters, threw for 195 yards, a touchdown, and one back-breaking interception in Saturday’s 31-20 loss to Ohio State.
Tammi Carr, mother of the late Chad Carr, is a big fan though. In response to some of the harsh words directed towards O’Korn, she took to the #ChadTough Facebook page to write a very touching note about him.
I want you all to know that you may not be thrilled with the game….and you may not be thrilled with the outcome I don'…
The full message, which includes a letter that O’Korn wrote to Carr after her young son passed away following a battle with cancer:
I want you all to know that you may not be thrilled with the game….and you may not be thrilled with the outcome I don’t think any Michigan fans are….but to see the hatred that is being thrown around at this young man…it is making me sick.
I have not shared this publicly before but I think the time is right. This is the note that John o’korn sent to us after Chad’s passing. This young college student didn’t know us but took the time to send us this beautiful message. Read it and think about this before you spew some more nasty hateful vitriol. This is a Michigan man and that’s bigger than football
I’ve been wanting to write you for some time now. I’ve had a hard time formulating all of my thoughts, but more than anything I just want to thank you. Thank you for walking with so much strength and courage through a season I couldn’t ever imagine going through myself. The faith you and your family have shown over the past few months has been such an encouragement to me as a believer and has touched more lives than you’ll ever know. Just from watching from afar, I hope that one day I can be the type of parent that you and Jason are. I’m so encouraged by Chad’s life – your “oopsie” child – it was the furthest thing from an accident. He lived such a full life and continues to inspire people and change the world every day. For that, I am so grateful.
I think about my CJ…who is a quarterback and I think about what I would be feeling if it were him in John’s position. Well I would hope that he would react with all of the grace and maturity that I have seen from John. Just thought I’d share some perspective people. Please feel free to tag those who could use a little. Thanks Tammi
Chad Carr was the grandson of longtime Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.
Clearly, O’Korn wishes he had played better against Ohio State, but it seems like he’s a fantastic representation for the University, based on this letter shared by Carr.