The latest episode in the highly acclaimed "Raising Canes" series produced by the University of Miami Athletic Department focuses the camera squarely on the broad shoulders of Hurricane running back Mike James.
As revealed in the Raising Canes feature below, James' personal story of turning tragedy into triumph is as heartwarming as it is motivational.
As most UM fans know Mike lost his mother suddenly last year in a tragic car accident in Central Florida. But rather than allow that incident to drag him down into despair James instead used that event to continue to fuel his already solid determination to succeed.
Most of James' teammates refer to him simply as " Smiley" for his ever present and always cheerful smile. Smiley, who was able to maintain his positive attitude and outlook on life in the face of adversity, shares his strong and enduring love for his mother during the Raising Canes video segment.
In a sport built around tough guys it is refreshing to see that Mike is comfortable openly talking about his feelings for his mother and go so far as to proudly define himself as a "mama's boy." He even has the tattoo on his forearm to prove it!
Simply put, Mike James is simply the type of son that every mother wishes she had.
Head Coach Al Golden refers to Mike as a role model for other players on the team and the prototype for the type of player he wants at Miami.
Golden cited James' dedication in the weight room, his toughness on the field and his leadership and commitment to education off the field as some of the key characteristics that he is looking for in all current and future UM players.
Here at Canespace we also like to recognize the Hurricane fans out there who are also managing the difficult but rewarding task of raising Canes.
It starts when they are very young an attend UM events like UMike's son seen below before the Spring Game in 2009 with former UM RB Graig Cooper.
As Al Golden likes to say raising Canes is a "process." A process that takes dedication to core values, commitment to hard work and a respect for the legacy of those who preceded you.
It takes dedicated parents who understand that legacy of the championship rich history of Miami Hurricane football, the meaning of orange on one side and green on the other side and who have an unending affection for the small private school in Coral Gables known to its fans simply as "The U".
If you do it right, and follow the process, your children may actually grow up to be Hurricanes like TexasCane's son Adam seen below during his playing days at Miami with former head coach Larry Coker.
So when Raising Canes, keep it simple, follow the process and try to remember this one very important fact:
Be Like Mike.