After a rigorous practice, they each wipe their brow with a clean towel. The sweat is the same. They each shed their jersey. The jersey is the same. They each wipe the blood from their body. The blood is the same. They each treat their bruises with ice. The bruising is the same. They each breathe a sigh of relief. The sigh is the same. They each think about how tough the practice was. The thought is the same. They each cannot wait to play again, tomorrow. The sentiment is the same.
After several practices, they realize how much they have in common. Their previous lives were different; now they are the same. They are closer than friends. They are members of the same family, bound tight. After enough practices and enough games and enough shared experiences, thoughts, and beliefs they become brothers for life. This is the “Miracle of Team,” as described with eloquence by former player, former broadcaster, and current college football coach Bill Curry in the new Kenny Chesney documentary Boys of Fall.
Be part of a team; be part of a miracle.
From September 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com