COSTA MESA — Oscar Reyes found the perfect Father's Day gift for his older brother and it did not cost him a cent. He is certain Ray, who is serving in the Navy, will find a lot of value in the item.
Reyes can thank Costa Mesa High football coach Wally Grant for being able to take care of his brother this Sunday.
Grant brought in one of his former players he coached nine years ago as an assistant at Tustin High. That player is now in the NFL and protecting one of the game's young star quarterbacks.
Sam Baker of the Atlanta Falcons met with Reyes and his Costa Mesa teammates. For Reyes, the meet-and-greet with the offensive left tackle was the first time he saw an NFL player in person.
"It feels really good and it inspires me," Reyes said of the chance to interact with Baker and get his autograph.