“On behalf of everybody in the Dayton family, I’ll speak for us,” Miller said, “but instead of speaking to everyone in the room about Steve, I’d like to speak to Steve. Steve, a little over a week and a half ago, I sat in a room with coaches and your family. We discussed the next step in your development. I thought it was as powerful a meeting as I’ve ever had with a player. I remember thinking to myself, this is going to lead to a monster jump in his quest to realize his dreams.
“Little did I know the next time we would meet would be today. We certainly had some great moments together that we all talked about three years ago when we first met. There were tough times, too, but we all knew that was going to be the case. We had long conversations about life, tough, hard workouts to get in shape and hundreds of practices with me winning my individual battles with Steve usually every day.