During my junior year of high school I was the starting quarterback of my team. We were playing in the second to last game of the season, the third round of the playoffs, when I tore my ACL. I was devastated. It was my junior year, right when I was supposed to get recruited. I had seen friends have this surgery and never come back quite the same.
What I thought was, my life—sports—was suddenly being stripped away from me.
I remember being in church on my seventeenth birthday, sitting in the same pew that I would always sit in with my brother, where we never paid attention but simply goofed off each week. But something that Sunday was different. I was locked in on the pastor. He was talking about how the Lord was looking for “a few good men” to carry on His Kingdom, to spread His Word and to live the life that He had planned for them. That spoke to me. It was at that moment that I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart.
It was then that I knew that there was something bigger planned for me than just sports.
In the last game of the 2005 season, my fifth season as a pro, when I was without a contract in place for the next, I got hurt. I had never dislocated anything in my life but I knew exactly what happened in that moment. And I knew that aside from breaking my neck, that was the worst injury that I could experience as a quarterback. As I walked off the field that day with my shoulder out of socket, it hit me—I might not ever play football again.
A few months later my wife and I were taking a trip to New Orleans, six months post-Hurricane Katrina. Looking at the sheer devastation, we kept saying to ourselves, “I’m not going to listen with my eyes because my eyes are telling me not to come here.” In my heart and soul, the Lord was telling me that it was our calling. It wasn’t about coming to play football, being a part of the resurgence of the football organization, it was about the resurrection and rebirth of a city and we could be a part of that.
[In 2006, Drew and his wife, Brittany, moved to New Orleans. Four years later, Drew led the Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl victory.]
We were up 14 points with 3 minutes left and yet we were still thinking, “I know Peyton Manning, I know this team, it’s not over yet.” In your mind you’re only thinking of what you need to do next. It wasn’t until we took a knee to win the game that it hit me—we are world champions.
As people we want to be able to see, touch, and feel in order for anything to be real, but 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us, “For we live by faith, not by sight.”
So much of life is just that—faith in God, knowing that He has a plan. At times you are not going to understand it and you’re not going to see it but you have to have faith.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11
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