FOOTBALL IS JUST LIKE CHURCH
Last night, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers, 24-20 with a 1-yard time-less touchdown. Michael Vick, in for Ben Roethlisberger who is out with a knee injury, found his rhythm in the 3rd quarter. Down 17-20 in the 4th quarter, Vick moved the ball via Heath Miller to get the Steelers within 1 yard of the Chargers' line with 5 seconds on the clock.As they huddled up, the first thing that popped into my head was the final play for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 Superbowl. The ball was snapped to Le'Voen Bell and the clock started. The Chargers defense put up a great line of resistance. Bell's attempt to jump over the huddle was blocked. He maneuvered to the left to run though, but in the end he had to run around the point of action and stretch the ball over the white line to score the game winner.
While Steelers' Nation celebrated their much needed victory, Bell's course of action took me back to when I was a kid in church. You see, growing up in Miami to a southern family, we had to attend church every Sunday. I remember the pastor teaching that when you reach difficult times in your life you won't always have the option of taking the shortest route. You will have to maneuver. At 10 years old, I could only relate this message to trying to get away from friends during a game of tag-you're-it.
However, now as an adult, I get it. Bell's intentions were to get a TD for the W and, in some way, that's what we have to do everyday. Obstacles, big and small, require strategic maneuvers to receive the best possible outcome. Sometimes that means taking a tougher route, running up hill, or pushing to the limits. Those times we feel defeated or overwhelmed, we have to pull the helmet down tight, quiet the mind, and run until you can score a game winner.
As a fan, I understand that life can be more complicated than football. But in the face of challenges, you no longer have a seat in the stands, you're on the field- in the game- and as a player, football is life.
Game time baby!