Late Friday afternoon in front of anxious family and close friends Christian Kirk sat stoic on a plush sofa before casually glancing down and answering the most important phone call of his life.
On the other end was Arizona Cardinals‘ General Manager Steve Keim relaying to the former Saguaro High and Texas A&M star that his hometown team was going to select him with their second round pick (47th overall).
After the brief conversation Kirk hung up the phone.
“I’m going to the Cardinals,” he announced moments before the room erupted into a deafening chorus of ovation and excitement.
Christian’s coming home!
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 28, 2018
Good things come to those who wait.
“The chip on my shoulder just grows even bigger,” Kirk said with a grin to Sports360AZ.com about not being selected in the first round. “[Thursday night] just made it grow even bigger and it’s not going to stop because I’m not going to stop until I prove I’m the best.”
Through his greatness on and off the field, Kirk remains grounded by the examples set at home by his parents, Melissa and Evan Kirk.
“My particular message, and he gets a lot of them between his dad and I,” Melissa explained to Sports360AZ.com. “Is just because you get to the top, it doesn’t mean your climb is over.”
It’s a similar sentiment shared by his father who has served as Christian’s mentor, both on and off the field. When Evan wasn’t coaching his son as a youth, he was overseeing him as Christian helped run the family auto detailing company.
Those life lessons have been paid forward and never forgotten.