His 18-year-old son was home for the weekend, and Tim Gaia expected to have "The Talk." It was July 2012, and Brian Gaia had driven back from State College, Pa., to his Pasadena home, and now Tim and his wife, Sharon, needed to discuss a future that seemed less certain.
Brian walked through the front door, some luggage in tow. He set it down on the couch. His father spoke first. This was going to be the start of a long few days, he thought.
"Dad, we don't need to talk about it," Tim remembers Brian telling him. "My decision's made."
That February, Brian Gaia had signed his letter of intent to play football at Penn State, a childhood dream...