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.