Dale Earnhardt: My Hero As A Hero

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When I was younger, my hero was Dale Earnhardt. Coming from nothing, Earnhardt quickly rose through the ranks to become a champion. He was a stock car driver who consistently pushed the boundaries of his sport often incurring the wrath of the older more seasoned drivers. He survived his youthful exuberance only to later become a seasoned and highly respected driver himself. In February of 2001, he was killed doing what he loved, and I was devastated. See, the problem was I had never realized he was my hero until he died. In fact, when I initially saw the wreck and where he was in the points system, I can remember thinking to myself, “oh well, we’ve had to dig out of bigger holes than this.” Three hours later, the leaders of NASCAR held a press conference to say he had died, and I literally broke down in tears. I also remember thinking at the time, “Why do I feel this way?” I found the thought of mourning for someone I had never met, very strange. I say all of this to make a point. I had grown up worshipping and idolizing someone I did not personally know and really knew very little about. Our society places a premium on entertainment, sports, and political figures. Yet…show more content…
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