But the paperwork was completed, and Mike became Earl’s foster parent through his sophomore, junior and senior year.
“I never spent three years at one place,” Earl says. “He just gave me every aspect of a dad that I never had.”
Mike provided Earl with discipline and love, TV dinners and trips to the gym for workouts.
“Oh man,” Earl says, wiping away a tear. “It’s hard to talk about sometimes.”
Earl’s daughters have grown up aware of their coach’s influence on their dad.
“I’d say he definitely turned out alright for having such a tough life when he was younger, and I think Dreier definitely played a big part in that,” Mackenzie says.
Earl went on to Southwest State University, where he played quarterback for the football team and pitched for the baseball team…