David Beckham is a good guy, and a smart guy, and totally knows when to give praise when it's deserved.
Nobody deserves it more than the Paralympians!
All it took for it to completely dawn on hism was putting on a blindfold and spending a day training with Great Britain's Paralympics soccer squad last November.
"I've been playing football all my life, but I was really out of my comfort zone… I left there absolutely amazed at the incredible level of skill and concentration needed to perform at the highest level of blind football.
"They are a real testament to the quality of all our Paralympic athletes - across all sports. And the character and determination they show by doing this every single day makes me proud to be British.
"It's hard for any sportsman or woman to get to the top of their game but I marvel at the guts and dedication it must take if you are born with a disability - or become disabled through accident or injury. And as parents blessed with four healthy children, Victoria and I are humbled by the strength and energy of mums and dads who encourage their disabled children to take up sports. It can involve real hardship and sacrifice - but there is no greater life lesson you can give your kids than to be the very best you can."
Beautifully put, David!
We're so happy to see you so involved — and we can't wait to watch the Paralympics in a few days!
Good luck to all the athletes around the world!
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