Thank you Peyton Manning.
Seattle Won. Fair and Square.
And Manning has taken his lumps.
So in honor of a fine Quarterback who had a bad day, let us recall the words of a great orator in his time, Theodore Roosevelt, who lived a fuller life than most men ever will.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
If Manning had never walked onto the field…he would not be called a loser. There would be no Drudge headline “The Humiliation of Manning.” If Denver had not made it to the Superbowl, he would not be reading about how he came up short.
To those thinking of running for office, who think the humiliation of defeat makes the risk unworthy, take a cue from basketball great Michael Jordan. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
And the words some have attributed to H Jackson Brown…“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Manning has inspired countless young men and women by his sheer tenacity, grit, and example. I will soon forget his mistakes on game day. I will not forget the way he made me feel on his better days.
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