Sunday night the Saints won (it made it a much better Monday around the Gulf South), and Drew Brees broke one of the most venerated records in professional football.
The great Johnny Unitas threw a touchdown pass in 47 straight games. Sunday night Drew Brees broke the record that had stood for 52 years by throwing for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was the 48th straight game in which Drew threw for a touchdown. Like Joe Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, many people believed that Unitas’ record would never be broken.
Now Drew Brees holds two of the best records for quarterbacks. Last year he broke the record for most yards passing previously held by Dan Marino.
I remember Johnny Unitas well. He was the face of professional football in the 50’s and 60’s. When I was growing up the Baltimore Colts were the closest we had to a southern team. I watched Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts every Sunday. He was a great quarterback–the Drew Brees of his day.
Many of you know I love football. I love to see kids playing football because of the life lessons it teaches.
When I think of Drew Brees, I think of these lessons.
First, don’t quit and don’t give up. We were able to sign Drew in New Orleans because the Chargers decided to go with Philip Rivers at quarterback. Isn’t it ironic to break the record against the Chargers? Drew injured his shoulder in San Diego. Many people thought he would never be able to throw effectively.
Did Drew Brees prove them wrong or what?
Never give up. Give your best in spite of the circumstances. Do your best even when others don’t believe in you.
Today the Saints look like geniuses and Drew Brees leads the NFL.
Second, don’t look at your limitations. Look at what God can do through a dedicated person. Drew Brees is one of the smallest quarterbacks in the league, but he plays big.
In the Bible Samuel went to the house of Jesse to anoint one of his sons as king over Israel. Saul towered over other Israelites, but God found him unworthy as a king. He looked like a king, but he was disobedient to God.
Jesse’s firstborn looked like a king as well. Samuel just knew Eliab had to be the one to be king. But the Lord told Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
When you feel you can’t or when you feel rejected, remember Drew Brees and remember you can.
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