“I used to be a runner, but after a decade of colon problems — leading to having it removed in 2011 — I had to stop. My body couldn’t handle it. So, when I finally got healthy, it was a joy to get back to running.
On one of my first runs back, I was struggling to get a rhythm, really huffing and puffing, when I see a big SUV and a guy in a tuxedo up the street. As I run closer to it, the guy in the tuxedo sees me and lifts his arms and starts cheering me on, shouting ‘Looking good man! Get it!’ It was silly but it really gave me a boost. Then finally, when I got to the man, I realized — ‘Oh shit, that’s the guy who played Jackie Robinson!’ (This was in Feb. of 2014.) He continued his cheering and we had an epic high-five as I went by. We both laughed and he did a little boxer move as I kept going. That little lift gave me such a boost.
Later that night at home, I watched Boseman at the Oscars and it finally dawned on me — that’s why he was in the tux.”