As most folks know I am a very big sports fan. Having played all sports in high school and football and baseball for one year in college, I have always been involved in sports in some manner. I now follow several teams now including the Boston Red Sox, the Auburn Tigers, the Montgomery Biscuits, the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers. I also pull for the Tampa Bay Rays when they aren’t playing the Red Sox because of the former Biscuits with the Rays.
Coach Vince Lombardi was one of my favorite coaches. For that reason, combined with my admiration for QB Bart Starr, I became a fan of the Green Bay Packers and I still pull for them. I got to know Bart through his parents Ben and Lula Starr who were longtime members of St. James UMC where Sara and I attend. Ben would travel around the state to watch my daughter Julie play tennis in high school and later in college. He was retired after a career in the U.S. Air Force as a “Top Sargeant.” Ben also was a championship boxer while in the service and he was tough as nails. I had the honor of being a pallbearer at Ben’s funeral. I always figured that Bart got his toughness from Ben and his compassionate spirit from his mother – a very good combination – and one that has served him well.
A reader of the Report sent me a mission statement by Coach Lombarbi, which is a reflection of how the coach lived his life and it also indicates what he demanded from his players. It reads: “Live a life of integrity and make a difference in the lives of others.” That is powerful and can you imagine if each of us lived our life using that statement as a guideline, how things would be in this country.
Coach Lombardi was a great coach and a good man. He was definitely a winner and set high standards for his players and also for other coaches in the NFL. There are lots of very good and inspirational messages from Coach Lombardi that you can get very easily by way of the internet. He definitely was a good role model. We badly need role models today for young people and more persons like Coach Lombardi to fill that need.
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