A memory was brought to life Saturday at the Godby Alumni soccer game. A beautiful day to play ball, but on this field it's not just about goals scored, rather memories of a dedicated athlete, friend and soldier who died fighting for his country.
SPC Robert Allen Wise wasn't just a great person. He was a team player; all heart and soul.
"His enthusiasm and exuberance carried over to every aspect of his life- including the soccer field", said former Godby Coach John Roberts.
His teammate, Patrick Kirwin, remembers rooming with Robert on several soccer trips. The two played ball and ran cross country side by side.
"He was a defender, really reliable, he kept us going and we could always count on him,” said Kirwin.
As the match wore on, Mrs. Wise watched from the stands rocking Robert's Godson, Michael, he never had the chance to meet. She says sitting in the crowd is somewhat familiar.
"He started playing soccer at five", said Mrs. Wise, "it was one of his loves."
A love that will not be forgotten, as coach announces Robert's jersey, number 9, will be retired- never to be used again, the ultimate compliment for an athlete who is deeply missed.
"I have good days and bad days; once all the guys come home we'll feel much better, said Mrs. Wise.