By Anne Thompson
Patrick Witt's choice comes with no guarantees. If he opts for the Rhodes interview, Witt might not get the scholarship. If he opts for the game, Yale will be a decided underdog against a Harvard team that has not lost in the Ivy League this season.
NBC's Anne Thompson and her nephew Drew meet Yale quarterback Patrick Witt.
And, if all this wasn't enough, Witt is just a genuinely nice guy. I brought my 11-year-old nephew Drew along on the shoot. Drew is an outstanding athlete (he just ran a 6:17-minute mile) and student. I wanted him to meet someone who excelled in both areas. I hoped Witt could be a role model. As it happens often in sports, the image and the reality can be very different and disappointing.
Not so with Witt. He was gracious to Drew, me, producer Clare Duffy and our crew. He showed Drew that the idea of a student-athlete is no myth. Patrick Witt is the embodiment of both taken to remarkable levels of excellence.