Someone recently asked me if football was the only sport I play… Today at 12pm EST, I will be challenging my teammate, Matt Forte, to our first-ever tennis challenge. With the US Open coming up, we thought it’d be fun to channel our competition toward another avenue. I don’t play much tennis, but I can see the footwork that’s required. I figure I can hold my own out there. So tune in!
I’ll often look for new ways to create camaraderie among my teammates. Matt and I have been great friends for a while now, but I also try to be intentional to spend time with my new teammates. It’s important for us to spend time with each other, supporting each other at different charity events, attending team dinners, or just going bowling together. Strong relationships require a certain amount of sacrifice and intentionality. I try to support my teammates in whatever they’re doing. Sometimes this means sacrificing what I would like to do—giving up my personal time to show them they’re important to me. Sometimes I’m tired and just want to relax, but when a teammate calls, I try to be there.
When I came into the NFL as a rookie, I was surrounded by a great group of older guys who were intentional about inviting us rookies to team dinners and Monday night football parties. They didn’t have to. As rookies, we weren’t at the top of the totem pole. But they made the effort to show us that we were each an important part of the team. Now that I’m one of the older players on the team, I want to show my teammates the same sort of respect and friendship. Also, as a middle linebacker, I’m in a leadership role simply by my position. Though I’m now just coming back into the Jets’ community, I want our guys to know they can come to me for anything—I’ll be there for them.
Two of my teammates, Matt Forte and Josh McCown, are in a similar position of leadership. The three of us—top running back, team quarterback, and middle linebacker—have natural leadership positions on the team. We are each highly grateful for these positions and recognize the responsibility we’ve been entrusted with. This year, the three of us have decided to create a triangle of prayer for each other. Instead of praying for ourselves, we are lifting each other up in prayer—I lift up Matt and Josh, Josh lifts up Matt and me, and Matt lifts up Josh and me. Through a group chat that we’ve started, we’ve been continually sharing updates, holding each other accountable, and encouraging each other. Our focus is on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up…A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
When we’re praying with and for each other, we become that threefold cord. As we lift each other up, we’re putting a hedge of protection around us. As key components of the Jets’ team, we’re not only elevating ourselves when we pray, we’re lifting up our entire team as well. When I pray for these men, I pray for the things I’d want to see for myself—an increase in platform, an increase in God’s glory through their lives, an increase in faith, a great performance throughout the season, strong leadership, freedom from injury, Christ-centered marriage, strong family as we seek to grow our kids up in the way of the Lord, and no distractions from God’s purpose.
As we lean on God’s Word and lift each other up in prayer, it’s going to be hard for anything to break that threefold cord. I have great expectations and hope this year, not only for these men, but for our team as a whole.
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