Published on January 25th, 2014 | by Mannie Ramos0
The Ultimate Professional Athlete
So we are now almost a week removed from one of the most talked about topics in sports this month. Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks made headlines left and right for his post-game interview (seen above). Seattle is now heading to their second Super Bowl in franchise history but his post-game antics are more of a story than the team. I can’t say I agree with his behavior, but the reactions have been appalling to say the least. As a true sports fan, I don’t think this should be the top headline leading up to the game. The number one headline should be Peyton Manning and his “never say die” attitude.
It was just three years ago when Peyton Manning, long time quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts went down for the season. He missed a whole year with career threatening neck injury. I remember all the media pundits saying that his career was behind him and he should retire now. Peyton, being the consummate professional that he is, just put all the doubt behind him and rehabbed. He worked like a madman just to get back to the game he loves and enjoys. He ended up getting released from his longtime job as the Colts quarterback. Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts franchise, even said that Peyton was finished. The odds were against the Hall of Fame QB but he did not let down. He signed with the Denver Broncos and quickly proved that he still had a lot of gas in his tank. He lead the Broncos to a 13-win season, but suffered an early loss in the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl-winning Ravens. All Peyton could do was take the loss like a professional and work his butt off. Now, if he wins this Super Bowl, he would be the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two separate teams. He also smashed all the single season quarterback records this season. He broke the most touchdowns thrown in a single season and also the most yards passing.
The lesson? Hard work will always payoff in the end. If you have faith in your ability and work hard at your craft, you can accomplish the unimaginable. So if you are looking for a role model or someone who is the ultimate professional, look no further than Peyton Manning. Praying the best over your career, Peyton, and thank you for all that you do on and off the field.
10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.