Danny Trevathan's Almost Touchdown
I know a society can put too much emphasis on sports. I’ve written and spoken about that before. There’s even a chapter in Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and other Gems from Proverbs about putting so much emphasis on sports, and winning in particular, that we neglect more important matters, such as character formation and being a gracious winner or loser.
With that said, I still must say that I love sports, and I’m thrilled that it is football season. Besides the excitement of the game, I enjoy observing and learning about the personalities of the sport.
Denver’s game against Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 5, had the kind of incident that keeps me watching pro football, complete with excitement and personality. Denver was ahead 42-17 in the fourth quarter. The Ravens were driving the ball when the Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan intercepted a Raven’s pass and ran madly for the end zone. When he crossed the line he would give his team a 32 point lead, a lead large enough to secure a Bronco victory.
Trevathan did cross the line. But, in football, for it to count as a touch down you have to be carrying the ball with you. Otherwise, you are just another player crossing a white line. Trevathan, in a premature celebration of his touchdown, dropped the ball just shy of the goal line, and he marched into the end zone empty handed. So, it wasn’t a touchdown. Then the ball rolled through the end zone and out the back. Not only did Denver not get six points, the Ravens got the ball back.
Raven QB Flacco made the most of the possession, leading his team down the field and scoring a touchdown. A potential 32 point lead was now reduced to only 18 points, all because of Trevathan’s impulsive celebration. If you watched the game you probably saw images of the Denver linebacker on the sideline, sitting with his head down. He knew he made a mistake. A big mistake. A very big mistake, with millions of people watching. There was no keeping this embarrassing episode from the public eye. Everyone knew.
What did Travathan have to say for himself after the game? He said, “I was running so fast I forgot I had the ball.” Also, “Next time I’m just going to throw it to a fan or something ... I’m going to hold a ball in my sleep tonight.” http://t.foxsports.msn.com/nfl/boneheaded-play-of-the-year-already. I like his attitude and answer. I like his disposition. No evading the embarrassment. He felt it, and knew he deserved it. And he owned up to his faux pas. “Yes, I did it.”
The biggest man on the football field is not necessarily the tallest guy, or the heaviest guy, or the guy with the biggest muscles. The biggest guy on the football field, and on the field of life, is the one who can say, “I’m sorry. I made a mistake. I blew it. But I will try to do better next time.”
I believe Danny Trevathan will do better next time, because he is honest and learned from his mistake. And I hope when we drop the ball in the game of life we will all do the same. We have God’s presence in our lives to help us.