Monday, August 09, 2010

Two Are Better Than One

This past weekend the NFL inducted seven new members into its Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Included in that group was Emmitt Smith, the amazing running back from the Dallas Cowboys.

I did not watch the induction ceremonies but I did catch some of it in highlights and I was extremely moved by what Smith said and how he said it (check out the short video above).

Football fans know that a running back needs a great offensive line for the back to be great. However, many forget about the role that the fullback plays in some offensive systems. In many cases, the fullback must sacrificially give up his body to help his running back and his team. Yet, most of the time, the fullback goes unnoticed while their backfield mate gets all the credit.

On Saturday, though he wasn't the one being inducted into the Hall of Fame, one fullback didn't go unnoticed. Daryl Johnston (the Cowboy's fullback when Smith played) was singled out by Smith in a very emotional moment shown in this video. He recognized him for his sacrifice and shared that this day wouldn't have been possible had it not been for Johnston. It showed real class and humility for Smith to do this.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and no one to help him up!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


Rod Brandt said...

Great message, Jim. Thanks for sharing it.

Jim Lange said...

Thanks Rod! Even though Emmitt Smith is a gator :), he seems like a class act.