I am a firm believer that there just about isn’t anywhere you can’t learn life’s lessons. This includes professional football. This past weekend–Super Bowl Sunday to be precise–offered two of those lessons.
The power of belief
Both teams–the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots–came to this game with a degree of belief that they would prevail and walk away Sunday with all the Super Bowl laurels and accolades. Of course, only one team can be victorious. Those who saw that game saw which team that was.
The power of belief has limits in physics and on the playing field.
Not that a solid belief in yourself and your abilities is not a good thing. It most certainly is! And it can mean the difference between failure and success.
The power of forgiveness
The Seattle Seahawks have one of the most remarkable fan bases in the history of the game. The Seahawks fans collectively are known (now famously) as The 12th Man. They show up in force no matter where the Seahawks play. They showed up in Glendale AZ at the game on Sunday, either physically or virtually via social media. They gathered in the living rooms and around the TVs of countless Seattle (and not-so-Seattle) families.
The outcome of the game for The 12th Man this year had to be a little heartbreaking.
What struck me as particularly inspiring, and as a life lesson that I took away from the game was the graciousness of Richard Sherman in the last seconds of the game, when he stretched out his hand in friendship and reconciliation to Tom Brady, the Patriot’s quarterback.
Inspiring? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know what you think of professional sports. What I saw, though, was Sherman offering a good example to his teammates, his fans (including the huge number of young people that saw this) and inspiring or now we could use a lot more of this sort of forgiveness everywhere in the world today.