They call it coaching, but it is teaching. You do not just tell them...you show them the reasons." - Vince Lombardi
What Makes the Super Bowl Special?
The Super Bowl has served as the final game of every NFL season since 1966, replacing the NFL Championship Game. Millions of people gather around their televisions for Super Bowl Sunday. Almost every year the Super Bowl is the most watched event on television.
Due to it's popularity even the commercial air time is valued at an extremely high interest by companies. Since 2015, the cost of 30 seconds of air time has been over 5 million dollars.
The Super Bowl is the event, that all young atheletes, that love football, dream of playing in. Mentors and coaches have been teaching for decades about unity, loyalty, playing for the name on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back. They would preach, not to give up on your dreams....or your dreams will give up on you, and that a player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.
Coaches and mentors taught the game of football to help their players learn life lessons, that they would use on the gridiron and for the rest of their lives.
Unfortunately, we have lost a large element of that at all levels of the game, and especially at the professional level.
One of the Worst Drug Addictions is Fame
From children to college to the NFL, the addiction to fame is a drug that has watered down the game. Atheletes are more interested in their social media engagement, player rankings, and the name on the back of the jersey...instead of the name on the front.
Every decision is made to place yourself in the best position to succeed. That doesn't sound like a bad thing, but when you play for self, in the long run, it leads to failure. Even our coaches and mentors, like Deion Sanders, is bringing in Instagram Models, not to teach lessons on life, but to give you a taste of the life of what it means to be Prime Time. Instead of being leaders of young men...it has led to the lifestyle of the rich and the famous, which usually ends up in burning hot mess.
Boys to Men
Let's get back to the roots of what God created us to be. As many of you reading this have an opportunity to mentor and coach others, I challenge you to bring back the love of the game. Bring back the values that God has given us, of truth and trust. Let's help raise up young men and women who stand up for what is right, even in the midst of controversy. Young men and women who value their faith, as they remember the ultimate sacrifice God gave to everyone of us, that they would live that out in who they are. That they are more excited to play for one another, rather then for fame and for self. It's great to set yourself up for success, but we must never forget:
Success is being faithful to Jesus today! - Craig Groeschel