There is a modern parable about a billionaire, who donated a million dollars to charity, mocking his daughter’s boyfriend for donating only $20. The boyfriend said: “I only had $20. I gave everything I had.”
Samson Anguay is, maybe, 5 feet 7 when he inhales, and 170 pounds after a full meal. But when it came to football, he gave everything he had.
His three-sport skills enabled the 2010 Campbell High graduate to earn a UH football scholarship. After grayshirting during the 2010 fall semester, Anguay joined the Warriors on January 2011. That spring training, special teams coordinator Dick Tomey viewed Anguay as the No. 1 punt returner.
But during unsupervised workouts that summer, Anguay crumpled in a painful heap after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. He missed the 2011 season.
The following spring, he suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee. He opted for rehab instead of surgery. But that summer, the pain intensified, and he underwent surgery, missing the 2012 season.
Two years, two ACL surgeries.
And then Anguay was back. He was at slotback, then running back, then slotback, then running back, then …
Sometimes, he was at two positions in the same week.
He didn’t play much, but when he did, he played with enthusiasm.
This week, Anguay announced on social media that he will be seeking to graduate earlier than schedule. He will remain on full scholarship until he graduates; he will remain a Warrior for life.