In the movie, The Replacements, a group of men with incredibly diverse backgrounds are given a second chance at the game of football, this time in the NFL, as the professional players go on strike, about 4 games before the season ends. It’s a great story, as it’s truly a story about a 2nd chance at life. At one point, the quarterback, whose performance in the Sugar Bowl resulted in losing the game by 45 pts, asks the coach, also being given a second chance, why the coach chose him. The coach simply responds:
I look at you and I see two men: the man you are, and the man you ought to be. Someday those two will meet. Should make for a hell of a football player. – Jimmy McGinty
The teams ends up winning 3 out 4, games in order to make it to the post-season playoffs, as the strike comes to a close.
But on Father’s Day 2014, Coach McGinty’s words carry some weight.
Your best days are still in front of you.
You will make an impact in the lives of those around you.
People will notice.
Your story will be told.