Before the final World Cup game of her career, US women’s national team legend Abby Wambach recorded an impromptu, tearful monologue about her career and her teammates during a scheduled Fox interview.
“I think I want to do this alone,” Wambach said before clearing the room and speaking into the camera for seven minutes.
Fox aired most of it on their pregame show because the US-Japan Women’s World Cup final. Wambach, the 35-year-old forward who has the most international goals in the history of the sport, has never won a World Cup.
“I have had the best life, and it’s all, in total, because of the friendships I’ve made,” she said. “I’ve literally grown up on this team. The good, the bad, and the ugly, my teammates have helped me through it all.”
“The biggest thing I need to express is my gratitude, to be able to have played for so long, to share the field with extraordinary women.”
Here’s the whole monologue. It’s great:
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