Those of you that use our BALL lessons know that we start off each season with "A Paragon Rising Above The Madness", Rick Reilly's poignant recollection of Coach Wooden's essence. It's the best piece of short sports journalism I've ever personally read.
Well, strap on your helmet...Rick's done it again.
BALL usually waits for history to vet the athletes we feature. We do this because life has a way of shining a bright light into a public personna's dark corners. That said, we implicitly trust Reilly's judgement on this one. And the thing about it is, it's not even about a particularly good professional football player. The kid routinely throws dying quail and lame ducks each Sunday. Yet somehow, some way, he and his team find a way to win. But that's not the point of Reilly's quill.
So much is made of a player's charactor on the field. Rarely is his life off the field as remarkable. Check it out here. If it doesn't put a lump in your throat - even if you're a Tebow Hater - check your pulse. You might be dead.
Thanks for another gift, Rick!
Make each day your masterpiece!