I cannot believe it is already August. Has the summer flown by for you? It totally has for me.
With Fall just around the corner, I wanted to take a short step away from Social Media and let you all in on a little secret…..I LOVE FOOTBALL. My son plays college football and to be honest, there is a really good chance of him going on to the next level if he stays healthy and has a good season this year.
But that is not the only reason I love football. Not only is it the best Fall sport, but the action, the crowd, the band…all make it the most exciting sport when it comes to thousands of people coming together for support of their team. And I’m a sucker for excitement.
Football really is a sport like no other. Yes, it is an aggressive, dangerous, contact sport but the fact is, it is brilliant way to bridge that perpetual gap that forms between us and those that are different from ourselves.
Here are 8 Reasons I LOVE football:
- Insane ~ Where else can a testosterone filled guy run around, at full speed, and hit (tackle) other guys? All at the same time the guys on the other team are trying to tackle them? It is completely insane! It is a game full of crazed gladiators fighting to protect their house at all costs.
- There is no Race in Football~ “When you are in a huddle holding hands you don’t see brown, black, white, red, yellow, or green. You see your brothers, your teammates who are depending on you, and who you are depending on to do their job.” -Chris Creighton
- There is no “I” in football ~ It’s all about the team. No matter how big, how fast or how talented a guy is, he is never going to score without the help of his teammates. It just can’t happen in the game of American Football. A team has to be in sync, communicate effectively and trust his brothers completely after each and every huddle. Without that, humility is lost and so is the game.
- Strength ~ Ok, so I like a guy with muscles. Not bulging, body builder, muscles but the physical strength that comes from hard work and 6am workouts. These are the kinds of guys I want walking
memy daughter down a dark alley. A special thank you to Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers for personally demonstrating what muscles he would be using to protect memy daughter in that dark alley. Ok maybe not personally but a mom can dream.
- Toughness ~ Let’s face it. Life is tough. Marriage is tough. Parenting is tough. Work is tough. There is no other sport that teaches mental, physical and emotional toughness, all in one fell swoop, better than football. Football makes hard work a priority, teaches the importance of honoring commitments no matter what, and develops an unbelievable power of a positive attitude in times of difficulty. And because football is so uniquely demanding, it has the ability to instill faith, courage, and self control.
- R.E.S.P.E.C.T. ~ The relationships formed through sports is one of the most valuable commodities in the world. And respect is the key component when it comes to developing those relationships with coaches, team members, media relations, student body, and academic advisors. By honoring the incredible influences, encouragement and support they bring, football becomes the foundation for those relationships that go on to last a lifetime.
- Worth the Risk ~ There is some risk. And we hear about it All. The. Time. But that is because football is a huge sport and everyone talks about it. But did you know that girls get just as many concussions in soccer as guys do in football? And that more concussions come from riding bikes than from playing football? It’s true. Look it up. Anything and everything can be a risk. Life would be no fun at all if it was totally predictable and risk free. Risk brings forth courage, a laugh in the face of danger, an overcoming where there used to be fear.
- Tim Riggins ~ If you have lived in a cave for the last 10 years then you won’t know what I’m talking about but if you haven’t and you’re anything like me, you’ve had a cougar-like crush on Tim Riggins since the beginning of Friday Night Lights. The long hair, the rebellious attitude, indisputable skill without even trying… come on, who wouldn’t learn to love football just for that reason? Let’s all say it together now, “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose“.
I leave you with this quote from Chris Creighton, Head Football Coach at Eastern Michigan University……..
“I cannot imagine my life without the invaluable lessons, situations, and experiences that football has provided me. I have experienced being a back-up and a starter. I have been the hero and the goat. I have been on an 0-10 team and a 10-0 team. I have suffered injuries and have seen guys end their career due to injury. I have seen the pain when players fail to make the team and the uncontrolled joy when players are told they are receiving a full ride athletic scholarship to play football in college. Football has taken me to play or coach in seven different countries, paid for my Master’s degree, and has allowed me to provide for my family my entire adult life. The experiences have run the gamut, but it is all worth it.”
Also published on Medium.