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