About two-thirds of the best way by NFL quarterback Andrew Luck’s thrown-together retirement press convention, it occurred to me that he’s the Christian athlete I’ve all the time wished there to be . . . despite the fact that he’s by no means indicated that he’s a Christian.
Let me clarify.
I grew up in the course of the period of the closely curated, closely marketed Christian-athlete industrial complicated—which means the best way we (Christians) made stars out of fellows for whom religion was a core (or any?) a part of their “brand.” To be sincere, they not often appeared particularly humble, despite the fact that the fitting issues have been, technically, popping out of their mouths.
Humility is a tough factor to quantify, and I absolutely admit that I’m removed from the very best choose of it, however this was complicated for me as a baby and whilst a younger grownup. And so as to add hypocrisy to my confusion, as a author I’ve even made some cash over time writing about a few of these guys. I assume I went into every challenge (or potential challenge) considering, Possibly this would be the man. However in doing that writing, I’ll nicely have contributed to the issue.
When Andrew Luck was thanking all people within the Colts group, confessing to being jealous and bitter in regards to the enjoyable backup QB Jacoby Brissett was having final 12 months, crying due to how a lot he’ll miss soccer, being sincere about how a lot it harm that some Colts followers booed him, and professing his love for his spouse and his teammates . . . I cherished him. I thanked God for the expertise of listening to him, and when the (roughly) 24 minutes was over, I wished extra of him speaking. This can be a uncommon response for me, provided that I work in academia and spend what looks like my complete life sitting in rooms listening to guys speak. I normally simply desperately need them to cease speaking.
“This guy would be a great hang,” I texted to a buddy.
“If you ever get a chance to talk in public, be like this,” I mentioned to my son.
Different favourite moments:
- Luck explaining how proud he’s to name Indianapolis his residence. As a former resident of that metropolis, I used to be reminded of how nice it’s, and of all of the nostalgic heat in my coronary heart for that place.
- When Luck mentioned he got here again final 12 months, simply in order that he might “throw the football to his friends.”
- Luck apologizing for being wearing a “ratty athletic T-shirt.”
“Andrew Luck must have received a heaping dose of common grace,” I texted to a Christian good friend.
What I meant was that clearly he’s gifted as a thinker and a communicator, and that he reveals proof of a smooth, teachable coronary heart. To not point out his freakish mixture of peak, weight, pace, and arm power. But Luck’s biggest accomplishment could have been that he survived younger fame and cash, and got here out the opposite facet with what seems to be actual humility. As we see even in church circles, this not often if ever occurs.
As a Christian I’m challenged by Luck, and by what I can be taught from non-believers in my life. There’s a lot to be taught. Just lately at my son’s faculty, a trainer indicated that he thought professional sports activities are ridiculous and professional athletes are, basically, a waste of time/house/consideration. Along with being a questionable instructing second, I believe he’s lifeless improper. And as proof I current all 24 minutes of Andrew Luck’s press convention.
So far as I do know, Andrew Luck isn’t a Christian. I hope he’s. I’m one, however I want I acted much more like him.