Many Americans will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday evening. It has become an iconic event in our society. As always, there will be a number of athletes with clear Christian testimonies playing for each team.
One player who will not be in the Super Bowl this year is Drew Brees, the record-setting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. Any sports fan is familiar with the major controversy where almost everyone agrees the referees missed a key call in the NFC championship game which cost New Orleans the championship and the right to play in the Super Bowl.
There have been lawsuits, articles, interviews, protests and appeals to the NFL commissioner to re-play the game. Of course, nothing can reverse the game’s outcome.
This week we saw an outstanding example of leadership and spiritual maturity on the part of Drew Brees. Brees is a born-again Christian, with a strong Christian commitment. He was an inspirational leader in leading the New Orleans recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. If you get a chance, look up the statement he made this week online. It is worth reading. He talks about accepting the situation as it is and permitting this adversity to draw the Saints “Who Dat Nation” together for greater success in the future. It is a remarkable statement — no animosity, resentment or revenge. Let’s pull together and let adversity prepare us for greater success in the future. Well said. I admire Drew Brees.