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Video: Kalani Sitake talks about how as a conversation with a BYU Football Player as a 9-year-old boy changed his life

Kalani shares a touching story that changed his life

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BYU Head Football Coach Kalani Sitake hopped on the Jim Rome show Wednesday morning discussing a variety of topics, including spring practice and BYU’s quarterback competition.

In addition to those, Kalani shared a story about how as a 9-year-old boy, a conversation with a BYU football player would change his life.

Kalani’s parents divorced when he was six years old, and he had some hard times as kid because of this. He recounts that at 9 years old he was sitting off by himself at recess when a BYU football player came over and talked to him.

“He (BYU football player) saw that I was off on the side and wasn’t really involved,” Kalani said. “He came over and just saw that I was hurting and had a minute conversation that really didn’t matter much to him, but it changed my life. He told me that everything will be fine and that God loves me. I’d heard everything will be fine probably a million times, but that was the first time I actually believed it.... I knew from that moment I was gonna play football for BYU. It gave me purpose and it gave me direction, and it was from a perfect stranger, someone that I idolized.”

You can watch Kalani tell the story below:

You can also listen to the entire 13-minute with Jim Rome below: