Farmington football manager inspires after 10 years

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) - For most, football season is the best time of the year.

For Robert Dziewa, it's a way of life.

"It means everything," Robert said with a smile. "It meant the world to me."

He's not talking about just the sport. He's talking about managing a football team as well.

"My middle school coach, he used to be the coach here at Farmington, and I asked him," Robert remembers. "I said 'I wanna do this for a lifetime,' and he said 'Ok, you gotta keep your grades up, and I said 'Fine with me,' and the rest was history."

For the past 10 years, Robert has been the manager of the Farmington Black Knights football team and hasn't missed a practice or game since he started.

Looking at him, you would never know that he has no brain function on his right side, caused by a stroke he had as a baby.

But that hasn't stopped him or slowed him down one bit.

Robert has loved sports his whole life, especially football.

He and his dad shared a bond over sports, especially football, which is why his father's passing in 7th grade was very hard.

So in the 8th grade, Robert became the Black Knights football manager.

"The boys immediately took to him," Robert's mother, Kathy Dziewa, said.

"And to come here and have all the different coaches, and there's been so many different ones," Kathy said with a smile. "He listens to everything they say, and he's learned so much about sportsmanship, but he's also learned about being a family."

Family. That's what this football team has become to Robert.

A family that is getting more from him than he even realizes.

Coach Erik Kruppe has been the head football coach for three seasons now at Farmington and he said Robert is teaching his players things he hopes they take with them when they leave.

"I think Robert gives us more than he gets from this, whether he realizes it or not," Kruppe said with a chuckle. "What I hope that our kids take away from this is that, there are people that wanna support you and want to see you succeed, and you can overcome anything."

Watching the Farmington football team practice, you can see a figure pacing the sidelines, cheering on his favorite team.

It's the same figure that has been there for 10 years and will be there for many years to come.

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