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An open letter

August 12 2012

If you never once in your life believed that God can answer prayers, I’m telling you He can. And if there’s any doubt in your heart that perseverance pays, just look at my “check.”

If I’m proud of anything – and I’m bursting at the seams right now – I’m most proud that my failures and misfortunes, embarrassments and heartbreaks took place on the biggest stage in the world. Why? Because that MADE me face my demons. I HAD to take responsibility for my past defeat. I HAD to face the critics and naysayers, and I HAD to weather the storm.

I praise God right now for those cloudy days and all the tears because I know the Master was working from a script with pages I’d yet to see. And the truth is – ALL of us are. Athlete or not, no matter what troubles you might face, trust and believe there is a greater plan for you. I’m proof that God won’t put more on you than you can bear. I’m proof that faith works. I’m proof that waiting on God pays dividends. His plan didn’t say NO – it said WAIT. And I’ve waited four years for this moment. Silver is SO sweet!

I thank my teammates and coaches from the bottom of my heart for trusting me. I thank them for giving me yet another chance – because they didn’t have to. Many wouldn’t. They have been chastised and ridiculed for standing by me – for taking a gamble on me – but still saw something in me that was worth the risk. Because they chose to believe in me – because they chose to have faith in me, I can write these words. Because of them, Team USA had a chance to finally give the world of track and field fans the showdown they’d been waiting for – a 4x100m relay head to head with Jamaica – and now, after TWO American Records in TWO days (look at God), I’m leaving my last Olympic games as not just a three-time Olympian, but a two-time Olympic medalist. Saying those words out loud is so surreal.

People have asked me in the past if I knew the odds of making an Olympic team, and honestly I don’t know – because I don’t think there are any odds. It all boils down to hard work, determination, drive, focus, and family – because on paper, the odds were never really stacked in my favor. Me, an athletically gifted, sub-par student from a single parent home in Oak Cliff, Texas…Me, a guy who never knew what it meant to feel his father’s love, admiration and pride. Me, a thrice denied and internationally shamed relay sprinter. Me, a guy that endured hernia surgery two years ago, a separated collarbone less than a year ago, and devastating loss of not one, but two babies…

THOSE were my odds.

THAT is what I was up against – but this right now?

THIS is my reality!

This medal is just as much yours as it is mine. You guys have been such an unbelievable source of encouragement and positivity over the past few years. Many of you I will never meet, but your prayers and posts, emails and texts, tweets and direct messages have all helped carry me to this ridiculously happy place – and I’m so grateful that you’re able to share in this moment with me.

Humbly,
Doc

  • A.A

    Congratulations Doc, you are such an inspiration to young athletes like myself. I also have my own share of unfortunate moments on the track but every time the feeling of doubt and being a failure kicks in I always remember and think of your story and how you continued to persevere with a smile on your face Congratulations once again on your Silver Medal, I’m happy that your redemption came at the biggest stage in track & field world.
    Thank you Doc for not being a quitter because you have set the example for not only me but many young athletes like me.

    -One of your your biggest fan.

  • Craig D.

    Great READ through Christ…. C.Davis

  • Chelle

    Beautifully written.

  • Shareensharrieff

    AWESOME!! Congrats my friend! You deserve everything you have a more..much love.

  • Rstagtrfld

    Well Doc. Proud of you.

  • J J Sharon

    From you fellow Flyin Frog, you have made us all proud. Guys like you paved the way and made TCU the track team what it was when I enrolled in 2003. Congrats on all your accomplishments and may your future hold even more success

  • Starrfoam

    Doc praise God for His faithfulness. He has issued you in a mighty way. It’s easy when it’s all good. Your never waivers. Even when waivers. Even when tragedy struck, you have praise to the Lord.
    What an awesome story of faithfulness courage and faith. He are amd always have been an encouragement to me amd my entire family. Congrats my friend. #Godsglory

  • O. W.

    Thank you for trusting in God, and keeping Him in the forefront. I wish you all the best.

  • Rick Riddle

    Doc,
    That is a beautiful and articulate writing that I know originated in your heart. I’m so glad you have that happiness and that remarkable awareness, not only about the specifics of your life, but of life in a general and universal way. Thank you for enriching our day by sharing your thoughts. Have a safe trip home with a medal in hand. We are all very proud of you.

  • Nathon “Nate” Connor

    Doc,

    That had to be the most amazing article I have ever read. You are truly blessed bro, and we all need to recognize how blessed we all are for our gifts though different. Falice and I are very thankful that you and Crystal came in our lives. Keep doing your amazing things and keeping your faith, for your future will continue to be bright.

    So all the way from Afghansitan you have a fan. Thank you for not just representing your country but for the representation of faith, determination and belief.

    Nathon “Nate” Connor

  • Sdr59

    DOC it was all in GOD”S plan. This was your time! You did what you were supposed to do. You waited on the Lord. And it all worked out in your favor. You overcame your obstacles you was obedient to God’s word. You stayed faithful, focused and worked so hard. You remained so positive, respectable and humble. You always keep that smile….. that can light up the world. I’m truly proud of you. The Love that your Family and Friends have for you is Awesome! We all kept you in our Prayers. God Blessed you with a Wonderful Mother, Wife, Daughter, Aunt’s, Uncle’s cousins. Your story truly brought tears too my eyes even though I know the struggle. Big Mama & Papa are smiling……So as you tip your hat, take your bow, turn the page to the next chapter in your life I say too you again job well DONE!!
    # Team DOC

  • Kim Karstetter

    Doc- that was so very well written. Many athletes use the verse Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.) and use it out of context because they don’t read the verse before it. You have truly lived out Philippians 4:12-13 which says “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

  • brianna

    I loved reading this. I’ve seen you on this journey and I’m so incredibly thrilled to see you at this destination. You are the best!

  • Maxdesber

    Wow, Wow and More Wow. Reminds me of the Michael Jordan commercial…”I failed over and over again…and that is why I succeed. Thank you for sharing.

  • Obadiah C.

    You deserve it Doc’ Your true passion and humbleness towards life is God and we appreciate your strength through it all. Keep making it happen my man. Stay in Prayer and Bless.

  • Jhiserman

    Followed you since you were a TCU long jumper/sprinter and have always admired your demeanor and character on and off the track. You reap what you sow…congrats, coach hise

  • Arthur

    Doc, as a Jamaican I am one who respect you to the maximum, and gave you words of encouragement after the debacle last year. But God is faithful and just and takes care of his children, and, here you are today rejoicing in victory. My brother I’m so happy for you…oh that other U.S. athletes could take a page out of your book! May the Lord continue to bless and keep you continually in the palm of his hand!

  • Aly

    Thanks for this blessing and congrats!!

  • JDIII2007

    Well said and congratulations.

  • Jared Bradley

    Doc-

    I was absolutely honored to have worked out by your side for a short while before my hamstrings failed me at TCU, and even more proud to have watched you among the world’s elite for a decade. I truly believe that over the past decade you have consistently been the greatest relay curve runner in the world bar none. I wish you the best as you move forward in your life. Go Frogs!

  • Heardler

    As a fellow TCU track alumn, I am so proud of you and Jon. You so richly deserve to be an Olympic medalist and an American record holder. Enjoy it and continue to climb the mountain. God bless you and yours.

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  • Sharon Woodley

    As one of your biggest and truest fans, let me take the time out to say congratulations on your silver. I never doubted you for a second. I was so proud to see you fly around the track to what was a victory to me. You gave the fans something we will never forget!!

  • Mary Wineberg

    Wow what an amazing story. People never know what may be going on in your life, track life etc. Way to be strong, have a supportive wife and most of all be of support to her. I hope all is well with the family and please tell your wife hello. I didn’t get a chance to talk with her much while at the Trials but I did see her bundled up and trying to stay dry. Best wishes to you all and at may the Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.rhooms Mark Rhooms

    Mr.Patton,you are an inspiration,the embodiment of tenacity and perseverance.You will go down in the annals of athletics history as one who kept pursuing his goals,in spite of obstacles and setbacks along the way.May you continue to be an inspiration to your legion of fans.

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