Alright, confession!! I’m nervous posting this since it’s my first non-Inklings’s announcement video. Eee! But here it is and hope y’all enjoy! I also promise I don’t say “so, yeah!” that much in real life. Apparently that’s my phrase for YouTube though.
“I made a choice: instead of being spurred on by those who doubted me, I’d be motivated by those who had faith in me. These were the people who mentored me, supported me, and believed in me. Forget all the doubters. Forget all the critics.”
Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees
You know what was terrible? The Saints’ season this year (the players have talent, so I don’t know what happened). I love my Saints, but I can also be honest too. Plus they didn’t make playoffs, so there’s no denying it. It was rough to watch, but you stick with your team through thick and thin right? Anyway, I know they’ll bounce back and be working their tails off this off season, especially since they have such a strong and inspiring leader in their QB, so I figured it was the perfect quote :).
Here’s to forgetting the doubters and critics this year!
“But no one ever said the Christian faith is about living according to your own terms or timetable. It’s about dropping anchor when you’re in an unpredictable place. It’s about knowing, that though things may not make sense on paper, you have to trust God to see the bigger picture. You have to choose to live from the heart and trust what you cannot see.”
Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees
Well, since last week was draft week, why not throw out a quote by my favorite quarterback? I know we have a few months yet, but I can’t wait for my boys to kick off the season. Who Dat!
Anyway, I also love this quote for the reminder that God is in control. How often do I see one puzzle piece and think that’s the whole picture? Often leading too often to frustration and unnecessary worry? But good news..He is in control and I can trust in that completely.
Alright, two questions readers: if you like football, who is your team??? Also has there been a time when you’ve had to step back and trust in that big picture?
“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” C.S. Lewis
Well internet if you’re expecting anything negative in this review of Coming Back Stronger, then you don’t even know me. A) The Saints and B) Drew Brees. We all know how I feel about the Saints and the jersey I own proudly displays #9.
But, to keep it real and unbiased, I would have loved this book even if I wasn’t a Saints fan. It’s a powerful and well-written story. I cried. Not only because of his personal story, but what New Orleans meant to him and his wife as well as what they meant for the city. I was once again reminded how sports can sometimes become more than just a game, but a vehicle that brings together a community through adversity.
In the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history, the city of New Orleans needed a hero.
What they got was a Saint.
When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come back? And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, Will the Saints ever come back? It takes a special person to turn adversity into success and despair into hope—yet that is exactly what Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees has done—and with the weight of an entire city on his shoulders. Coming Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’s inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger.
“Was I going to quit or come back stronger? I chose to come back.”
The prologue kicks off with Brees sharing about the injury that changed his life and career. And Lord have mercy on all of ours souls, did I get the chills. Not because it’s overly gruesome or anything like that, but if you’ve ever had an injury in sports, you know that feeling. Not only the pain of the injury, but the emotions of it too.
“Adversity is actually an opportunity. It’s a gift, though it may not look like it in the moment. The difficulties life throws at you can be a doorway to something better-something you hadn’t even dreamed was possible.”
Throughout the book, Brees shares with refreshing honesty about his struggles, his faith, what brought them to New Orleans, giving back to the community, his family (definitely cried as he shared about his mom’s suicide) and there’s plenty of football goodness as well.
“God created each one of us for a purpose…When people think you’re not big enough, not smart enough, not wise enough, or not experienced enough for a task, remember that faith will carry you through. The test of adversity is one that is fought with faith.”
“God’s refining process is never easy. It’s kind of like a blacksmith creating a sword. The metal is strengthened when it is repeatedly put in the fire and then pounded with a hammer. But the end result is perfection. All the heat and pounding create a strength and beauty, not only on the outside, but especially on the inside.”
I know I’m a Saints fan, so I already love this team, but even if you aren’t, you can’t help but feel the emotions (or tear up on an airplane in my case), as Brees describes what it meant to return to the Dome for the first time since Katrina hit, watching a video of Katrina devastation, and what the team meant to the city.
Any sports fan will appreciate and enjoy this book and I definitely recommend it! If interested in finding out more about the Brees Dream Foundation, be sure to check it out! Who is one of your favorite sports personalities? Or if sports aren’t your thing, who would you love to read an autobiography of?
Oh and Who Dat!!
Do you know what starts in two weeks and four days? FOOTBALL! Pre-season, schme-season. I’m ready for the real thing. While soccer has my heart, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I get just as excited for football or basketball.
As I sit here writing, sipping from my Saints tumbler, I have come to the conclusion this year is going to be amazing. Why you ask? Because, if you didn’t guess from my previously mentioned kitchenware, I’m a Saints fan and I’m ready. Ready for some Who Dat football and better yet, victories that await us this season!
All y’all better watch out, because as my aunt used to say, we ain’t clownin’ this year.
Recently I was chatting with some friends on Facebook and asked why they loved the teams they do. It’s fun to see how and why we became fans. Were you born into it? Married into it? Or just stumbled upon a player one time and then stuck with the team? Such fun and great stories – even if it’s a team I don’t like.
Which leads to the point of this post – why am I a Saints fan? I get this question a lot as soon as people find out I’m from Southern California. They then proceed to assume I’m a recent bandwagon fan. To which I say: Ummm..rude and false!
The truth is I can thank my grandparents from the lovely town of Edgard, Louisiana for my Saints fandom.
And So Cal football. While there’s about 87 baseball, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, underwater basket weaving and synchronized swimming teams in LA area, there are zero football teams (Don’t hate me, but I don’t count the Chargers).
Y’ to the all…Growing up I had the Rams or Raiders to choose from. Let’s take a moment to consider how awesome those options were… I’ll make it easy, they weren’t.
No matter, they both ditched us natives anyway. Good thing I never committed to them.
When I finally reached an age where I cared, I couldn’t possibly choose any other team besides the Saints. My Dad’s side always talked about the Saints and my grandparents instilled in me a love for NOLA and Who Dat football. So really, it’s genetic. They were my destiny ;). My Grandma also taught me to never watch a game sitting next to her, less I wanted my thigh slapped off during exciting plays. She did.not.play y’all.
I know what it’s like to support a team for a years (read: decades) only to be heartbroken time after time. Two words: California Angels. Which leads me to a side note – They will never be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Orange County/LA County/Minnesota/Africa/Antarctica/North Pole to me. That name change is still one of the most embarrassing moments as a California native.
But I digress.
I also know the taste of sweet victory after waiting for so long. And it usually involves me running around screaming and hugging whoever is in sight.
I’ve weathered the storm, so the Saints are stuck with me for life. Through thick and thin. Just like the city the Saints reside, through the good times and the bad times, you can always count on the people coming together.
Especially to celebrate a Super Bowl Win.
Oh and another reason? We (Yes, I like to think I’m actually part of the organization) still claim the greatest Sports Illustrated cover EVER. I 100% want to be friends with Drew Brees.
Any other awesome Saints fans out there? Even if you aren’t a Saints/football fan, why do you love the teams you do? Would love to hear your sports story!