Kevin Ware's mental approach is refreshing.
Despite having suffered one of the most gruesome and disturbing injuries I've ever seen, he maintains a grounded and positive outlook on his recovery and his team's success.
His Louisville Cardinals will play for a national championship on Monday night when they take on the Michigan Wolverines. Ware's injury and personality has made the Cardinals the sentimental favorites.
The shots of Ware on the sidelines of his team's nail-biting win over the Wichita State Shockers showed his dedication. He buried his head through many of the tense moments down the stretch, and wept with his father after Louisville came away with the win.
As for the injury itself, Ware is of course on crutches, but the surgery to repair his leg went well per Janice Lloyd of USA Today/Detroit Free Press.
Don't doubt his his ability to play in the 2013-2014 season. Ware said he will ready during his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He was on hand for an interview and to read Letterman's famed top-10 list.
Ware doesn't want to feel sorry for himself at all. In his many interviews since the injury, he expresses a deep gratitude to his teammates, coaches and fans who have supported him.
In this interview with Rece Davis of ESPN, Ware breaks down as he talks about what went through his mind immediately after the injury, and his teammates second-half effort in that game against Duke.
As Ware agonized on the sidelines during the Cardinals win over the Shockers, his teammates rallied to reach Monday's final.
It is clear Ware is not only in the right mindset to overcome his physical setback, but his presence is also serving as an inspiration to his teammates.
The Cardinals missed Ware's defense, versatility and the depth he provides in the backcourt against the Shockers.
On Monday, they will need all the help they can get to curtail a talented and hungry Wolverines team. This has the looks of another game that will come down to the wire.
Oftentimes, the close games are the ones that require that little extra push that a presence like Ware on the sidelines can provide. The Louisville brotherhood is obviously strong, and Ware's teammates won't want to let him down.
Even if you're not a Cardinals fan, it's hard to root against them now.
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