5 Ways Men Can Learn From Elite NFL QB’s

Don’t think quarterback is the most important position in the NFL?

Look no further than the Indianapolis Colts, who fell from playoff contenders to the “winners” of the 1st overall pick in the NFL Draft this year, completing their “suck for luck” season. The NFL is a quarterback driven league now more then ever. Even though we may not be 6’5 with rocket arms or hot supermodel girlfriends, Christian men can learn a lot of the elite quarterbacks of the NFL (and none of it has to do with reading defenses or audibles at the line of scrimmage, either).

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1) Making good decisions.

Aaron Rodgers finished the NFL season with an astounding 45 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions. That’s a whole lot of good choices as opposed to a small amount of bad ones. Teams in the NFL live and die with the decisions their quarterback makes (and so do the fans… I’m pretty sure I died a little inside watching Josh Freeman’s interceptions this season–––all 22 of them).

As men we need to be praying for wisdom constantly. Our decisions need to be grounded in God’s word and prayerfully considered. We need to be reading the Bible and learning to love wisdom and value it. Good decisions are always reached through prayer and God’s word. For a quick start, read a few Proverbs each day.

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2. Leading well.

Drew Brees is often seen squatting down in the huddle as he calls plays; what’s the reason? He’s pretty short (6’0 is tiny for a QB in the NFL) and he wants to be able to look his guys in the eyes and lead them. His guys trust him and look up to him.

As men, we are called to lead. We need to be leading in our relationships by setting the pace and being intentional. We need to lead at our jobs by being examples for our co-workers. We need to lead in the church by investing in younger men. We need to start leading ministries. People should not be asking us to lead. We need to seek leaderships opportunities and embrace them. 

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3) Holding Yourself Accountable.

At the end of the day, when a team is losing, the first player to get blame is the quarterback. As J Money (are we still trying to make that catch on?) [Ed. note: Yes!] put greatly in his article Is Porn Your Problem:

[box_light]“As men, we need to grow up. We do a ton of things well… and one of them is justifying our actions. I am positive that if every man was a superhero today, our power would be deflecting blame and criticism with a shield of pride and better-than-my-problems-ness.”[/box_light]

Tom Brady admitted to playing a terrible game in the AFC Championship against the Ravens nearly two weeks ago. In this case and in every case, the great ones always hold themselves accountable. Since the fall of creation, man has made a habit of running from their screw ups and blaming others (Adam literally hiding from God and then blaming Eve for eating the fruit).

This one is pretty simple. Man up. Don’t blame others. Stop waiting for people to be better and start asking yourself how you can be a better man. Accept the responsibility of your actions and deal with them.

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4) Not cracking under pressure.

Eli Manning has been downright cold blooded in the 4th quarter this season. He has stayed calm and directed his offense downfield in the most high pressure moments with the game on the line. As men, when the pressure is on we cannot afford to freak out and back down from the big moments. That huge job interview. Making a stand when there is no one else there to back you up. Stepping up and pursuing women. We have got to come through in the biggest moments.

When it’s time to raise a family and things get hard, work gets crazy, bills pile up and your wife is seeking stability and strength, men need to be able to deliver.

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5) Being consistent.

Coaches, players and analysts expect 300 yard/3 TD games on a weekly basis from the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. The best of the best put up big numbers on a week in and week out basis; this is really the big thing that separates the “good” from the “elite”.

Consistency goes hand and hand with discipline. Discipline is nothing more than doing the right things consistently. Men need to do their best on the same weekly basis in our relationships, friendships, churches, jobs and in our ministry opportunities. We cannot afford to be taking weeks off.

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Which NFL quarterback do you learn from the most? Write a response in the comments.

 

[Photo: Jerry Lai/US Presswire]

Tim Tebow Has Reinvented The NFL Quarterback

Tim Tebow

Welcome to Tebow Mania… where it’s official: Tim is reinventing the quarterback position in the NFL. Whether it’s through managing to win games by throwing less than 5 passes in a half (and electing to run instead) or his trademark post touchdown prayer (infamously known as “Tebowing”), people can’t stop talking about the former Heisman-winning quarterback. Tebow has won over the city of Denver’s hardcore fan base and convinced many doubters (including John Elway) when it comes to his ability to win games. The big mark, however, is his willingness to share the gospel using the gigantic, billion-dollar NFL industry as a platform… and it’s turning a few heads (unsurprisingly).

Bottom line: many people don’t like what Tebow has to say about Jesus. In fact, a recent article in AskMen.com blasted Tebow and asked him to turn down the religion and keep it professional. Writer Chris Aung-Thwin insists that fans don’t pay to hear a gospel commentary (I guess a few post game phrases thanking God qualifies as commentary–––John MacArthur might disagree), they pay to see football, and have the right to watch football without religion.

He’s right–––they do have that right–––but they also have to right to simply ignore Tebow’s comments. He calls Tebow “over the top” and “in your face.” Bart Scott knows a thing or two about being in your face and over the top. In comparison to loads of other loudmouth NFL athletes, Tebow is much more toned down to the media. On the field though, he’s as intense as anyone.

The gospel makes people uncomfortable. Jesus made people uncomfortable. Christianity makes people uncomfortable. So naturally, Tebow’s willingness to share his faith is going to rub people the wrong way.

Tim Tebow Broncos Quarterback

Aung-Twin suggests that Tebow should act more like star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is “deeply religious,” but lets his “his actions speak for him” instead of talking so much about his religion. There’s a place for that, to an extent, but what we do know is that Tebow’s actions certainly do a lot of talking as well. He’s been seen helping impoverished children in the Philippines and helping out in the local Denver community. It just so happens that he also engages in the other type of Christian “talking” …the one that involves not being afraid to speak up about the gospel… the “talking” that the bible mentions in Romans 10:14:

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

I know a lot of people are sick of Tebow mania, but there is truly something remarkable about his openness. Many Christians live out their faith in America; they go to church, say and do the right things, pray and read their bible. They’re just afraid to talk about their faith (myself included) outside of church walls or comfy Christian circles. They don’t engage within society. That’s why Tebow is such an inspiration to men and very well should be. He’s on one of the biggest stages in America, knows his words are going to be broadcasted hourly on ESPN and hundreds of other media outlets, and still refuses to back down about Jesus. That’s courage. That’s a man who is a Christian first and a professional athlete second.

A man who, in spite of a record-breaking college career and dozens of other athletic accomplishments, still chooses to first and fore-mostly identify himself as a child of God, and a football player second.

He’s a perfect example of what America needs from the church, Christians who blend in with culture. Tebow had no problem winning over his teammates or the Denver fan base… or even the general NFL public. His humble and down to earth nature is a refreshing change of pace from common larger-than-life big money personalities which are very common in the NFL. He’s showing the world that Christians can be, well, normal––– and function within society without hiding from culture.

Tim Tebow is not just another feel good story.

He’s not just a football player for Christians to root for who don’t have a team.

He’s the man sharing the gospel with more people than anyone else in America right now. Keep doing what you’re doing Tebow, we’re rooting for you.

 

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