It will definitely suck for awhile.
The example of Roy Riegels really would be a good one for the young man to look at. He had his wrong-way run not in some high school game. It was the 1939 Rose Bowl, which his Cal team lost. Aside from that terrible mistake, Riegels was an outstanding player. It had to seem very harsh to be known as "Wrong Way" for the rest of his life. From what I've read, he was pretty sensitive about it for a long time. But, he eventually got used to it and eventually accepted it.
Years later, when the Vikings' Jim Marshall did the same thing in a game with the 49ers, Riegels sent him a note that said "Welcome to the club."
The nice thing for the kid is that it was a high school game, not the Rose Bowl. People have seen the video of course, but most people aren't going to use the kid's name on air. He'll graduate high school, go about his life's work and be fine.
Day 162. My usual "it's late but I need to practice" at this point... 10 minutes putting. 6-8 footers with some break. Outdoors on a putting green that is half being repaired (I putted on the good half).
This is while playing in local benifit tournent ,9 home course ,great turn out 2foursomes per holes,asked not go past 5putts,our grope putting for birdy- par every hole,after putting group front of US still waiting teè e off just getting done! This guy scratch golfer, club champ few clubs arizona &Neveda! Always wins.longest drive ,averages 350+ and this is kicker,if his group has teè BOX always drives first!