Imagine this… 10 seconds left in the 4th quarter of a playoff football game, and your team (New Orleans Saints) is up by one point. The opposing team has the ball. The opposing team’s quarterback (Keenum) throws the ball from his 39- yard line. It flies high in the air, a receiver from the opposing team (Stefon Diggs), leaps in the air and catches the ball. Your team’s safety (Marcus Williams) basically just rolls over on the ground (appearing not to even attempt to stop Diggs). Diggs runs the ball all the way down for a touchdown! The crowd explodes! The game is over! Your team’s 2018 football season has ended in a short 10 seconds!
Following the game, Marcus Williams heard all about his horrible mistake via social media trolls and disgruntled fans. The hate comments got so bad, Williams had to disable his comments. I admit… I was very angry with Williams as well. I think my exact words were, “I hate you!” I really didn’t hate him. I was just really disappointed. By the time I woke this morning, I had already forgiven Williams for his error and began to reflect on the awesome year we had. I thought about Williams as a 21-year-old rookie, receiving such harsh treatment because of one mistake and it broke my heart.
This is the same rookie who during this same game made his first career interception. This interception was ultimately a game changer (It led to a touchdown). From a previous score of 17-0, Williams was a leading force in cutting that score down to 17-14. Without Williams, we wouldn’t have had a fighting chance. But unfortunately, not many will remember that. His 2017-2018 season will be defined only by his performance in the last 10 minutes of this single playoff game.
Lesson to live by…
“People will always remember your mistakes, but few will remember the good things you have done for them.”- unknown.
Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I will show you a flying poodle! You have to live with YOU and with the decisions you have made. Don’t get so caught up in people’s opinions because they will always have one… Rather it’s good or bad.
Message to the “Who Dat Nation”…“Recite the serenity prayer 2x daily for 1 week and get over it!”
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Message to Marcus Williams…“We’ll get ’em next year champ!”