Greg Simmons Sr. stepped to the microphone at his son's signing ceremony Wednesday. He thanked the crowd for being in attendance, then shared a message with his son, the future Husker.
"Greg, I want to tell you I love you," he said, the emotion evident. "If your mom was living today, she'd be proud of you too."
The video, captured by the TC Palm, shows Greg Simmons Jr., clearly overcome with tears at the mention of his late mother. A teammate walks across the stage and comforts him while those in the auditorium voice their support.
And his father goes on. He tells the story of his son's commitment to Nebraska, how he was initially hesitant to see his son go so far from home, but he eventually grew to love Lincoln as much as his son does.
Simmons Sr. also addressed the other Fort Pierce Central seniors signing with colleges — a "special" group of football players and young men. He stressed to them the importance of getting their diplomas, and he told them one more thing they should do every day.
"Always call your mom," he said, "because my son, his mom died early."
Watch the full video below: