HOUSTON -- There were 75,421 people at Reliant Stadium for Saturday's Final Four, and yet I had no problem finding the families of the players about to take the court. On this, the biggest night of their sons' lives, these moms and dads had a special glow of pride -- and an unmistakable look of terror.
"We're overwhelmed," said Joe Rodriguez, the father of VCU point guard Joey Rodriguez. "We dreamed about this when Joey was a kid, but did we ever think this was gonna happen? No."
"Excitement, joy -- definitely nervousness," said Myla Burgess, mom to Rams forward Bradford Burgess.
Myla's husband, Keith, claimed he had no nerves, that he was just ready for tipoff, but then he broke into tears listening to the national anthem. A former college football player, he had trouble expressing why he was so emotional. He simply said of his son, pictured high up on the screen at Reliant, "He's just such a good kid."
Both the Butler and VCU squads seemed to be full of good kids, which made it that much harder to watch one underdog knock out the other in the lowest-seeded Final Four matchup in history.
In the end, Butler earned its second straight national championship appearance after its defense stayed hot and VCU's 3-point shooting went cold, resulting in a 70-62 Bulldogs victory.
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