We All Have Heroes

Super Bowl LI is right around the corner. This whole week has been filled with press conferences, interviews, video games, and of course, practice. Most of the men in the Super Bowl are giants to the world. Not only are many of them at least 6′ tall, but they have big personalities. They are heroes to their fans.

Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots, is not my favorite player by any stretch of the imagination. He is a great quarterback and quite possibly one of the best in the history of football. Brady is 39 years old and stands at 6′ 4″. He is married to supermodel and actress Gisele Bündchen. He has three kids. His life seems pretty great. He makes millions every year. It’s not too often that you see the emotional side of Brady show itself, but it did on Monday, January 30, 2017.

At a press conference that night there was a 7-year-old reporter who asked Brady a simple question: “Who is your hero?” As Brady begins to answer the boy’s question, he tears up as he says his father is his hero. At this point I stopped listening and I started thinking about Brady as a boy. I imagined his father teaching him how to throw a football. I imagined his father taking him to practices. I imagined his father watching his games. Just because Brady plays in the National Football League and has won four Super Bowls doesn’t mean that he grew up much different than you or I. He was raised by loving parents who watched him learn to walk and talk. Even though many consider Brady their hero, he still has one of his own. Earthly fathers are great, but none is greater than God, our father in heaven. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Growing up with a loving dad is wonderful, but knowing the love of God is even greater.

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