When I walked out of that door for the first session, I ran into loads and loads of people I knew from college. People from all over came to London just to see Jake wrestle. It's been 4 years and several months since I graduated Northwestern. It was the best 5 year class reunion I could imagine, standing outside an Olympic Arena in London, no where near Evanston. Jake changed the lives of all these people. He changed their lives so much that they would travel to London and find a way just to be a chearing voice in the crowd. Because I know Jake would do the same thing for me in any endeavor at a moment's notice. Jake was playing phone tag with me for weeks before the Olympics, just because I wanted to talk to him. I needed to talk to him. He did it for me.
Jake has had a huge impact on my life. I wouldn't be Mike Tamillow if it wasn't for Jake Herbert. In every way. I wouldn't be the wrestler I was. I wouldn't be as friendly as I am. I wouldn't be able to joke in positive good humor. I wouldn't be such a fearless warrior without Jake. I could just keep going on about the things I admire about Jake until we're chearing for him again in Rio. But why would I have to? There were dozens and dozens of other people who flew out to wave a little yellow towell in the air, and a hundred more with a big american flag who know a hero when they see one. If we all told you the one best thing about Herbert, the thing that made us say "I can't miss this event for the world", we'd have a different characteristic from each person. Jake brought us all together for everything he's done in his life - and that's more than a few wrestling matches.
I just wanted to let you know Jake - Nothing anyone can do in the center of a wrestling mat will change your life. You're Jake Herbert, and you change people' lives.