All ben ever wanted was to be quarterback, even though Shawn (who was the coach's son) always got the job instead. This was because Ben was overlooked by his size and even though he was better than shawn, he never got the job because he was to small.
When Ben was at practice he made an amazing play and when he turned to his coach, he saw that he didn't see the play. Instead he was helping his son with throwing techniques on the sideline.
After practice ben invited Shawn to go and get pizza in hopes of becoming friends with him. It went pretty well and they became friends.
One afternoon Ben went to Shawn's football field that he had in his backyard. He had that field because his dad played in the nfl as a quarterback. When he was there, Shawn told him that he didn't even want to play quarterback.
Ben's team was 0-2 and about to lose their third game. The score was 21-0 at halftime, but then coach put Ben at quarterback to start the second half. Ben would win them the game 28-21 and lead them to a 6-2 record and eventually win the championship.
The theme of the story is to never give up on you're friends, even if they have given up on you.