NFL Testimony: Landry Jones

I know … I know … can we not go anywhere without hearing about football?

Even though I have written about being a fan of football, there have been times when I, too, wondered if the NFL stood for Need to Find a Lawyer …

However, I must agree with NFL commentators, like Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms, who have often lamented how we, so often, hear about the 1% of athletes who get in trouble … and hear nothing about the huge part of the 99% who are role models, active in their communities, etc.

We have written much, especially when speaking about our jobs, or maybe our residence, how that God has placed people all over, in every walk of life … to “walk” as an example to those around them.

Should football, or baseball, or any professional sport be different? Whether you watch, or care about the sport or not, you should know that, yes, there are a lot of Christian professional football players. Some of them, like Tim Tebow, seem to be as known for their Christian walk as for what they do on the field. I mean, when I think of “haters,” why does the image of Tim Tebow come to mind? Consider this, and I mean really consider this: Can we say that we are known more for what we believe in than for what we do? Are we “well known” for being a Christian? Russell Wilson comes to mind, as well. Have you ever heard Russell Wilson pray?

Television networks still do not know what to do when their cameras are scanning around the field after a football game … and you see “the circle,” a group of players-from both sides, kneeling in a circle, and praying … It’s like the cameras, and the networks are completely off-guard, and, frankly, don’t know what to say, or what to do next … During the playoffs last year, the cameras accidently caught a circle of players, after an emotional game, in this circle, and there was audio included … That was the first time I had heard Russell Wilson pray, and I’ll never forget it … I don’t think the NFL networks will, either, as they now seem to be “on guard” for this type of activity after each game …

They got caught off guard again in a recent game when 40 year old Matt Hasselbeck, battling serious illness all week and unable to practice, played an incredible game to lead his Colts to a win. His main concern, going into that game, was whether he would just be able to stand up at the end of the game. Naturally, the cameras followed him after the victory … showing him joining hands in a circle with players from both teams, as he knelt and prayed … I will never forget the look of peace on Matt’s face, after a tremendous battle, that “look” as he knelt … just before the cameras had to rush away …

Which leads me to Landry Jones: NFL quarterback. Pittsburgh Steelers. Backup QB to Big Ben and Michael Vick. Interesting. We spoke about God placing people where they are needed. Landry Jones. Backup to Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick. A short few weeks ago, Landry Jones “burst on the scene” when the 2 quarterbacks ahead of him were injured … and, Landry was thrust into the starting lineup … and the national spotlight …
I had the same question: Who is Landry Jones?
In the weeks following, I have discovered who Landry Jones is. And, most importantly, what he has discovered …

“In the end of times, it’s not really gonna matter if I was a Hall of Fame quarterback, or anything like that. It’s gonna matter what I did on this earth, and how I used my gifts for God.”
Landry Jones

Here is the video testimony from Landry Jones, from the “I am Second” series, and taken directly from The WorldNews (WN) Network.
He speaks about how God changed his identity …
You know … if this sort of thing keeps up … this may just change the identity of the NFL, with words like Naturally Found Leader instead of, as the Monday Night Football commentator stated just a couple of nights ago, about a featured team, that they Need to Find a Leader … I think about how many lives would be changed if more people realized what Landry realized … they Needed to Find the Lord …

Here’s Landry Jones:



Can a Video Really Change our Perspective of an Athlete?

Yes … it can.
Or, shall we say … it still can.

I’m not immune from the “news of the day,” even though I don’t watch much news, or anything on network television other than football … which, unfortunately, has been where much of the news seems to come from these days. It doesn’t seem to matter that we don’t hear so much about the 99% of athletes who are not in trouble …
So … back to our question:
Can a Video Really Change our Perspective of an Athlete?
It still can.

Let’s go back to 1979/80:
To a commercial which changed the way the world looked at a defensive tackle who had earned the name of “Mean Joe” Greene. Born Charles Edward Greene, “Mean Joe” Greene is still considered one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL. He was the cornerstone of the legendary “Steel Curtain” defense, and is the last surviving member of that legendary Pittsburgh Steelers foursome.

“Mean Joe” Greene was considered … well … mean … right?
Unapproachable. Unfriendly. Someone you wouldn’t want to run into (literally).
That player that everybody hated to play against, but would love to have on your team.

Anyway … then came that “Coca-Cola” commercial. And, that “changed everything.” It really changed the way “we” viewed Mean Joe Greene. How popular was that “Coke” commercial?
Whenever I did a search for information on “Mean Joe” Greene, right along with the Hall of Fame stats, was always the mention of that commercial, still considered to be one of the greatest television commercials of all time. Mr. Greene has said that he has received more mail as a result of that one commercial than for his entire football career.

Two things I learned from watching the new “A Football Life” documentary: The lady who was behind the Coke commercial wasn’t a football fan, and had never heard of “Mean Joe.” But, she thought the idea of having someone with a name like that in this type of commercial may be effective.

Can a Video Really Change our Perspective of an Athlete?
As I found out from one of the videos we feature, “most of the letters were from mothers, who thanked him for being an example of kindness for their children.”
By the way, “Mean Joe” Greene received the prestigious “NFL Man of the Year Award” in 1979, which honors a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. The name of this award was later changed to Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

So, enjoy this look back. The commercial first aired in October of 1979, and really gained attention when it appeared in the Super Bowl in early 1980.

The first video features the commercial, with comments made from football player “Mean Joe” Greene, right after the commercial aired:

This next video, is from the Coca-Cola company, and I wanted to include this because this features “Papa Joe” talking about the effects of the commercial … how it changed the way people looked at him …