Thursday, February 15, 2007

What would your business life look like if everyday you worked with the same heart as the person described in the following story? What would your life be like?

I recently was told a story about a guy who played for Bear Bryant. Bear had a third string player on his team named Henry Peterson. Henry had never gotten to play, and just before the Alabama-Auburn Game, Bryant got a call from Henry.

He said, "Coach, my Dad died and I won't be able to make it to the game on Saturday."

Bear said, "No problem, son, you should be with your family." However, the next day Bear got another call from Henry, and he said, "Coach, I got to thinking about it and I don't want to let the team down. I'm going to be there." Sure enough on Saturday, Henry was dressed and ready to play. Just before the game he walked over the Bear and said, "Coach, I want you to start me today." Bear said, "Son, are you nuts? This is the Alabama-Auburn game, and you've never played." Well, Henry persisted, and Bryant, never knowing why, said, "Okay, I'll put you in on the
first play."

Henry Peterson scored three touchdowns in the first half he almost beat Auburn by himself. Bear, at halftime, walked over and said, "Son, I don't know whether to kiss you or kill you. Why haven't you shown me you can play football like that?"

Henry said, "Coach, did you ever see me walking around the campus with my Dad?" Bear said, "Yes, I have seen you." Henry then said, "Coach, my Dad was blind and today is the first day he ever got to watch me play football."

It is incredible to think what a persons' life could be like if they lived every day with the principal of living as if something was that important.


Blogger Intergalactic Stacey said...

This is an incredible story, Tom. It gave me chills.

It reminds me of my days in elementary school when I was on the basketball team in fourth, fifth and sixth grade. During my fifth and sixth grade years, at another school, I was a bench-warmer for the basketball team. I was always so disappointed in not being able to play regularly. Secretly I disdained the coach because of it. I tried hard during practice to show the coach that I was a good shooter, that I could handle the ball with skill, but he never seemed to notice me. Perhaps I should have walked up to him and insisted that he let me play! :)

By the way, my dad was my personal basketball coach. He practiced with me almost every weekend that he was home!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

That just made me cry a little, which is always on odd thing at work on a Friday afternoon.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel like crying toooooo!
thanks very much for such a wonderful post!!!

4:41 AM  
Anonymous 123Valerie said...

Tommy, it's unsettling to have your heart broken and uplifted all at once. Thank you.

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Blogger Blessed said...

So very inspiring!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

tom, is this story true? great story. do you know when this happened??

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Emanuele said...

This is great info to know.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the story is not true. There is no Henry Peterson that ever played varsity football at Alabama.

7:21 PM  

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