Quarterback Commandment No. 3

April 1, 2009 at 8:53 am | Posted in Quarterback Commandments | 10 Comments
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Today, we see Commandment No. 3 in the list of Bill Parcells’s “Quarterback Commandments” given to Tony Romo.

Quarterback Commandment No. 3: Fat Quarterbacks can’t avoid the rush. A quarterback throws with his legs more than his arm. Squat and run.

Okay, I am aware that not everyone who reads this is going to understand even basic football lingo. So let me help you out a little with some definitions. “The rush” refers to the defensive players who try to tackle the quarterback while he is trying to find time to throw the ball. And “squat and run” is not the punchline to a bad joke about the restrooms in Tijuana. “Squats” are exercises used to strengthen the legs. “Run” refers to the way athletes run as part of their training to build up stamina, so they don’t tire out during the games.

So, what Parcells is saying, in effect, is that, to be a good quarterback you have to strive to be in top physical condition. You have to train hard in the offseason.

The obvious spiritual application to this one would have to do with avoiding the sin of gluttony. (Proverbs 23:21) Christians are stewards of the temples of their bodies, and “fat” Christian ministers, like “fat” quarterbacks are going to have trouble with the “rush” of all the daily problems we face (unless it’s the “rush” to be first in the buffet line) if we are hospitalized for some type of obesity-related illness.

Having said that, however, I must admit that I myself could use a gentle reminder once in a while to push away from the table after my fourth or fifth helping. (If you are saying “Amen!” to that, though, it’s only because you have never tasted my wife’s fried chicken or homemade pizza.)

No, the real Spiritual Application I want to draw from QB Commandment No. 3 is this: Just as a quarterback must stay in shape physically in order to perform well, Christian ministers must always be striving to condition ourselves spiritually.

I am reminded of II Timothy 4:2: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Christian ministers must constantly be prepared, through much hard work in studying the Word of God, to proclaim Biblical truth.

Whether it’s “game time” or the “offseason,” we must be ready always to give an answer for the hope that is within us. (I Peter 3:15)

There is no room for laziness in the life of a Christian minister.

As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 10:26

Remember Daniel. When he was taken captive to Babylon, he began to rise to a position of prominence. He was in the good graces of the Babylonian leaders. (Daniel 2:48) How easy it would have been to consider this his “offseason,” and to lazily forget His spiritual responsibilities toward God. But Daniel was a good Christian quarterback. He consistently prayed to the One True God three times everyday. (Daniel 6:10) Regardless of whether you think Daniel was charismatic, you have to admit he was automatic! And we should be the same way.

Christian quarterbacks can not afford to be too slow to escape Satan’s “rush.” We may not be commanded to “squat and run,” but we are required and expected to kneel (pray) and run (Hebrews 12:1).

Christian quarterbacks who get “fat” are not only hindering the game plan of the Lord, they are potentially waiting to get “sacked,” and knocked out of the game completely.

Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Philippians 3:19


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