I hope you got to see the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super bowl LII. It was a thrilling game from start to finish, and in fact, the winner wasn’t decided until the very last play of the game with 9 seconds on the clock! There were a number of records set in this nail biter of a game. Here are just a few:
Most combined total yards – 1,151
Most passing yards in a postseason game – 505, Tom Brady
Most points scored by a losing team – 33, Patriots
Most total passing yards in a Super Bowl – 874
The game was sweet revenge for the Eagles, who lost to Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots 13 years ago in the 39th Super Bowl, 24-21. After watching the Patriots in so many Super bowls year after year it was really refreshing to see the Eagles win their first in 57 seasons!
It was also sweet revenge for me personally having grown up an Eagles’ fan as a kid. We grew up in Camden, NJ, on the East side of the Delaware River that separates PA and NJ. Both my parents did a daily bus commute to work in Philadelphia; it was incredible how hard they worked and sacrificed for us kids; mostly we were oblivious. At any rate, we grew up as Eagles fans cheering for quarterbacks, Norm Van Brocklin (’58-’63) and Sonny Jurgensen (’61-’63). Why is it you never lose that affection for sports teams you held as a kid no matter how long ago it was?
But what was even sweeter to me than the victory Sunday night was to see several of the Eagles players and their coach, who was coaching at a Louisiana Baptist high school just 9 short years ago, give honor to the Lord. In addition, the winning quarterback, Nick Foles, a backup to starter, Carson Wentz, announced before the game that his post football career will be as a high school pastor; apparently he’s already enrolled in seminary classes. That’s quite a change for a guy who came off the bench and earned the MVP award in Super bowl LII! Do you think his future high school audiences will pay attention to his sermons?!!!
These are the kinds of role models our kids and grandkids need to see and emulate. Not the ones who earlier in the season were down on their knees protesting who knows what during our national anthem. I sure hope the NFL has put that nonsense behind them!
Next up, The winter Olympics.
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Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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