Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Day 25 - Superbowl Fans and Their Team
So the Lombardi trophy is going home to titletown. Although I was rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, I was glad to see that the Green Bay Packers had won. Notice that I didn't say I believed the Steelers would win, as Mitch Albom says, "You don't believe in a team, you root for one." I have to agree but Lombardi believed in one thing...excellence. All the quotes we hear that Lombardi told his Packers were about excellence and the price you pay to strive for it. Lombardi knew it wasn't attainable for more than a moment because we are humans but this fact never stopped him from believing in it.
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” These are the times of sacrifice and perseverance. There are days we don't feel like getting out of bed, or looking for jobs online, or in the paper. But once we realize these are the days of which Lombardi talked about that are about sacrifice. Put one foot in front of another and eventually we walk a mile, the key is to put your shoes on first.
The most inspirational story that I would use as a motivational speaker was about Tom Dempsey. Tom got up every morning and put his shoes on first. What if Tom didn't believe in himself? He could have walked without shoes, but instead Tom did the right thing in the morning, got out of bed, put on his clothes and shoes and played football. On November 8, 1970, Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicked an NFL record 63 yard field goal. The record still stands today. Dempsey kicked four field goals that day, the final and record breaker with two seconds left gave the Saints a com-from-behind-victory of 19-17. Not only was Dempsey born with half a right foot, he had no right hand.
The Saints fans routed for Saints that day. I'm sure they screamed so hard they lost their voices. I'm also sure that after that game winning kick, they believed in Tom however Tom believed in his team. Tom humbly said, "Everything was perfect for me that day. I got a perfect snap, got a perfect hold, and got a lot of protection. Nobody accomplishes anything alone in football." Dempsey knew there is no "I" in team.
"A quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~Lombardi