Brett Favre On How to Make It to the Hall of Fame

Brett Farve

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.

Charlie Is Strong, So Be Strong Like Charlie

University of Texas Introduces Charlie Strong
Charlie Strong is his name and Charlie Strong will have to stay true to his game if he is to succeed. Charlie Strong is now the face of Texas Longhorns football. A storied football power, Texas looks to return to collegiate glory with a strong coach at the helm, and Strong’s seminal strength and focal force is his sturdy and stalwart core: he is a “take no prisoners” kind of guy.

Strong is imbuing his team with the ethos that their focus is winning and graduating. Anything else is insignificant. He’s already dismissed seven players and mandated that all underclassmen live on campus. There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Strong. His motto is, “Let’s put the “T” back in Texas; and “T” is for toughness.

Strength is the opposite weakness, and yet we are only strong when we admit when and where we are weak. Texas’ weakness is that Strong is the first African-American coach of any major sports team on campus. That’s ANY sports team at the entire university. Ever. It is 2014, not 1964, so the hiring of a black coach shouldn’t be anything new and if anything it should be old news, right? Wrong. Not in Texas. Texas is still a bastion of old-school, old fashioned, out-of-date, and out-of-time principles and practices, and as we all know, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. But new tricks Texas must learn if they are to keep up with the rest of the NCAA.

Strength is the essence and epitome of greatness. However, we are only strong when we rely on the aid and assistance of the Almighty from above. In and of ourselves we are fearful and faint, we are fractured and faulty, we are feeble and frail, like a ship without a sail, as Thomas Elliot has well said:

Flesh-and-blood is weak and frail,
Susceptible to nervous shock;
While the True Church can never fail
For it is based upon a rock.

And so we must do as the Prophet Joel said “let the weak say, I am strong.” Like Joshua, we must “Be strong and of good courage;” we must be “be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law which Moses (God ‘s) servant commanded; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” Paul said “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” And He told Timothy to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” The Lord is our strength and our song, and in Him only is our salvation.

So let’s learn a lesson from Charlie Strong. He may not be a believer, but he believes in being strong.