Here's twelve members of the 1969 Los Angeles Rams.
I could tell you a story about each one of these men. You won't find these stories in the sports page or in the box scores because the stories I remember don't involve statistics. The stories don't involve score boards. The stories are more lasting than any record-book inventory. Their stories were ones of sacrifice. Of determination. Of continued all-out effort.
One playing with broken ribs, another one overcoming cancer, yet another one waiting to play, the perennial back-up.
Each man gave entirely of himself. Not for fame. Not for the name of the back of the jersey -back then names weren't on jerseys. And surely not for money because football was a part-time job.
The game has changed a lot since then. But the level of commitment hasn't. So when you're watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, maybe consider, between the commercials and the fireworks and the half-time pageantry, that the men on the field have devoted their entire life to this 'game.'
To them, it's more than a game. It's Life masking as a Game.