Football. It's more than just a game.

Football. It's more than

just

a game.

There are few things that can move me to tears. Chick flicks don't do it for me. Those are great and all, but I really don't get that sappy feeling and teary eyes watching them.

     Now, want to know something that makes my eyes well up almost each time? Remember the Titans.

There is just something about the game of football that exceeds most things of interest for me.

I don't know when my passion for football came, but I know it came from my Dad, and it came early on. I remember throwing the football with him in elementary school and him perfecting my form, so I could have a great spiral. All of his great life lessons, seem to come from the core basics of football, and  I admire that greatly.

Kyle Field- College Station, Texas

Dad never got a son, but I was the BIGGEST tomboy you've ever seen. I wish I had pictures with me, I was a sight to see. But, one thing was clear, I loved watching as well as playing sports, and still do people just get confused by the glitz ha ;). Volleyball was the game I played and Football was the game I lost my voice cheering for and wishing I could play.

Why Football? Why is it such an incredible game?

Football Makes Men

Football makes men. I'm not saying every person that plays football is a man, but I've watched many little boys be transformed into men through the game of football. Football 

requires

 and 

demands 

discipline. If you want to be the best you can be, you need to be giving it your all at 5 in the morning in the weight room and getting all of your work done by 10 so you can start the day fresh again. Of all my friends who are athletes in college, it's my football friends that are the ones who remain focused, and continually sacrifice hanging out with friends or social events in order to obtain their goal of doing well on the field, and upholding their promise to their team to perform. My Dad always used to say the hardest days of his life were his football days but they were also some of his best. Dad was a walk on then became a scholarship player with a starting position at Texas A&M University. Football weeds out little boys and makes men out of those that stick around to work hard. 

Football is a Game of Character

Football is a game of character. It's a game where each player is needed on that field, in order for a pass to be received, each blocker must be doing his job, and the receiver must have the confidence, faith, and the room to catch it. It's a game of faith and it's a game of life. It's where your character will be tested most. In the heat of the best play of your life or the worst, all eyes are watching you. It takes a man of true character to handle both those situations with humility and grace." Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith devolops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it's work so that you will be mature and complete, not lacking anything."- James 1:2-3

Football is about the Underdog

Football is all about the underdog. Watching football on the sidelines is one of the best experiences. You can hear the chants, see the passion filled eyes, and watch the sweat fall off the player's clinched fists. If you love observing people like me, you can really tell whose in the game, whose focused and whose ready to make moves. It's one of the only places where mathematical equations don't always addd up, sometimes in the heat of the game the underdog rises and triumph, beating all the odds. Many times, it's the underdog who wants it the most. The ones that aren't outlined and pegged as winners time and time again. It's those games where I get the most joy watching the underdog whose sacrificed so much rise up and receive fame.

I love some of the quotes in this video,

"You see for every long shot come from behind, the underdog will tell you this, the other guy may in fact be the favorite, the odds may be stacked against you--- fair enough. But, what the odds don't know is, this isn't a math test. This is a completely different kind of test. One where passion has a funny way of trumping logic."

Football is about the Team

Football is about the team. It's easy to see when a team isn't working with the coach, the plays are sloppy, and the communication is even more sloppy. If each player does not have the faith, confidence, and courage to rely on one another they will truly fail. It's an act of faith to rely on your brother, but it's one that is rewarded in the end. In the end, it's not about you. It's about the team. The team is the one that gets each and every play. The star players are merely vessels for the team's hard work, endurance, and discipline. Football can never be a one man game, it's a team game.

Football is a game of Life.

Football is a game of life. As I've briefly outlined a few statements about football, a reoccurring theme seems to present itself. Football parallels to life. In order to be successful in life you must be humble in character, passionate, disciplined, and work well with others. The game of football can result in heartache or triumph, two distinct and completely juxtaposing emotions, but two common themes in humanity. Football is a game of life.

Some will never truly grasp my obsession with Remember the Titans, or why I lose my voice in passionate football games, but hopefully this helps. Football is more than a game to me, it's a story of humanity.

Toodles,

Lindsey