The Super Bowl: More Than A Football Game

The Super Bowl happened. My personal-whom-I-root-for was certainly brought joy.

So, to the game…a big YES!

Before the kick-off, though, at least for me personally, there were a trio of events…

During the pre-game program, video presentation of the 15 year old boy who was shot and killed when he saved the lives of three teenagers when they were being shot at…that he’s a hero. Poignant, powerful, living in the moment, no matter what’s required.

For Peyton Manning. To recover from his plantar fasciitis he needed to have someone catch his passes. That was a Bronco wide receiver who was on the practice squad, which meant he is a Bronco but never played in any NFL game. The Broncos made a decision to fly every player and coach and trainer to the Super Bowl. The player, Jordan Taylor, didn’t have a suit to wear. Out of gratitude, Manning had Taylor go to Manning’s “custom-made-suit-guy” and make sure Taylor wore a new suit on the flight to Oakland for the game. Manning smiled, “He looked better than any of us.” No, Manning, YOU looked better.

Sure, your passes were like water balloons during the game…but, still, what I will remember about you in this Game…not the getting to 200 victories, thus tying Brett Favre for most victories…not hoisting the Super Bowl trophy…I’ll remember your gifting to make sure gratitude was there…and at the Saturday night team meeting sharing how important football is to you….and then walking up to each one there, shaking their hand and telling them personally they are a team.

Finally. I thought of Whitney Houston yesterday during the singing of the National Anthem. It was in 1991 when Whitney Houston sang the national anthem for the Super Bowl…amazing, never to be forgotten. With that is this: Lady Gage singing yesterday. My eyes refused to stay dry. I didn’t complain. Especially when some of the players were shown, but the most poignant was then those soldiers serving our nation in Afghanistan were shown during the anthem and the cheers made it clear: Soldiers? You are more than appreciated.

Here’s the link to Lady Gaga singing…amazing and inspiring…worth saving. All from the heart….and that is what I will remember from yesterday…how the heart pulsed with gratitude and caring.

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About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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1 Response to The Super Bowl: More Than A Football Game

  1. Jackie says:

    I considered Lady Gaga just another superstar entertainer until I saw an interview with her . She was very impressive as a real person!
    Experiences from my several years of living overseas, both on and off military bases, have forged such a love of America, that I can never hear the National Anthem without shedding tears. God Bless America! Thank you , Lady Gaga.

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