How To Make It To Hall Of Fame: Do Your Talking On The Field
Brett Favre and Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace and Kevin Greene and Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel are the 2016 class that has now been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. It’s quite a class. And out of all of them, Brett Favre is probably the biggest name who had the most “game” amongst them. But that doesn’t take away from the others, namely my man Tony Dungy, or a homeboy from Philly, Marvin Harrison.
These all made it into the Hall because of what they said on the field. And that goes for Ed DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner who cared for his players and his coaches like a proud father. The players played hard and practiced long and won big season after season, and now they are being recognized and rewarded for their tremendous contributions and influence and impact upon the game.
But it remains that Brett stole the show at the 2016 HOF Ceremony. And what struck me most was that he gave thanks to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brett is one of many, but also one of the most magnificent examples of the intersection of God and sports. So I hope to meet him one day to tell him personally. His speech was one for the ages as he spoke of sports and sportsmanship and faith and fair play and toughness and togetherness. Thanks Brett. You indeed redeemed yourself, and your dad is certainly Godly proud of you.
So how do you make it to the Hall of Fame? What do you have to do and what do you have to go through and who do you have to know where do you have to go to get into the Hall of Fame? The answer? Do your talking on the field. We all know that what you do is more important than what you say, but what you say must be backed up by what you do. Because talk can be cheap. And what you do can speak louder and sound better and preach harder than anything and everything you say.
So, you don’t have to try to get into the Hall of fame. Just let your life do the talking. Ed DeBartolo, Jr. and Tony Dungy gave inspiring speeches tonight because they have lived inspiring lives. So, if your living has made a difference from the regular and been a departure from the norm and made a distinction among the mundane, you too will be among the names that are listed in life’s hall of fame.