December 3, 2018
Jeanette Elliff (right), whose daughter is a teacher at Cypress Falls High School, lines up next to Eagles senior quarterback T.J. Goodwin (red jersey) during the football team’s practice Nov. 13 before she caught a pass and ran it in for a touchdown. Elliff’s daughter, Pamela Broussard, who works with students in the New Arrival Center (NAC) at Cypress Falls, coordinated with the football team to help her mother’s dream of scoring a touchdown become a reality. (Photo by Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS)
By Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS
Dec. 3, 2018—To dream is to fantasize about something that is desired. Everyone dreams, and that includes Jeanette Elliff, whose daughter is a teacher at Cypress Falls High School.
That dream – what Elliff had in the back of her mind hoping for the opportunity – was to score a touchdown. She kept it to herself for nearly 50 years, only recently announcing her dream aloud to her daughter, Pamela Broussard, who works with students in the New Arrival Center (NAC) at Cypress Falls.
Jeanette Elliff runs toward the end zone after catching a pass from Cypress Falls quarterback T.J. Goodwin after practice Nov. 13. Elliff’s dream was to score a touchdown and her daughter, Pamela Broussard, a teacher at the New Arrival Center (NAC) at Cypress Falls High School, help make it happen. (Photo by Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS)An avid football fan, Elliff and her husband, George Elliff, are season-ticket holders for the Houston Texans and rarely miss a home game at NRG Stadium.
Broussard, with the help of the Golden Eagles’ football team, decided to discreetly plan to make her mother’s dream come true.
“Keeping it a secret from my parents was easy,” said Broussard, who planned it for Elliff’s birthday. “Getting them to stick to the plan was the hard part.”
When the day came, mother and daughter joined the Cypress Falls football team on the practice fields Nov. 13. The Golden Eagles lined up like they did many times before, with T.J. Goodwin ready in shotgun formation.
Only this time, Elliff flanked the senior quarterback.
On his command, Goodwin took the snap and completed a short pass to Elliff, who made her way to the endzone amid cheering from all the players, coaches, staff and students on hand to watch.
“It was wonderful,” Elliff said. “I’ve just always liked football.”
Pamela Broussard (center), who works with students in the New Arrival Center (NAC) at Cypress Falls High School, helped plan for the Eagles football team to help her mother, Jeanette Elliff (holding football), score a touchdown. Posing with them are Cypress Falls quarterback T.J. Goodwin (left), who threw the pass to Elliff, Eagles student trainers and Elliff’s husband George Elliff. (Photo by Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS)
Following a touchdown celebration, Elliff and her husband, Broussard and the Golden Eagles posed for photos. The support was overwhelming for Broussard, who added the touchdown was something she will never forget.
“It was not part of anyone’s job, but it was a part of many people’s hearts,” Broussard said. “It will be a day we remember and talk about for a long time.”