Out of Bounds: Life Besides Football

Stressed out? Tell me about it.


It’s gratifying and humbling, listening to others’ background and upbringing. I like doing it. They may never know, but my concern for my friends. …and strangers and mentors and teachers and coaches is as genuine as it gets.


One I may never meet again. S/he struggles with an eating disorder. Can’t eat certain foods. Grain and sugar are bad for his/her stomach. Lost his/her parent and still tries to cope with the pain. Through all the tribulations s/he seeks God.

One’s not Christian. Parents divorced at a young age. Daddy/mommy issues affected his/her past. Pursues after his/her dreams.

One doesn’t know if s/he enjoys the daily grind. Wants to move, change occupations.

One wishes to travel the world but his/her earnings help pay for parents’ rent.

One is a networking beast. His/her resume is spectacular, but s/he is still grinding it out.

One is a really close friend. His/her work ethic might kill him/her. Seriously, take care of yourself.

One wants to quit life and school. Didn’t we all?

One went back to his/her house to stay with his/her parents. S/he needed the respite. An aspiring poet, s/he plans on moving to New York after working on his/her craft.

One is a student at a reputable university. S/he came from Mongolia two months ago, and vented to me that the classes are way too much. I encouraged him/her to not quit. S/he tells me that boys/girls are stupid, I suggested that s/he should wait before hopping into a relationship.

One detests the game of football because his/her spouse was killed from gambling. S/he trusts in God and has full faith that everything in his/her life will OK.


At the end of the day, I pray for these wo/men who’ve been transparent enough to expose their problems to me. If you bent the truth, white lied, it’s OK, because it doesn’t matter. I love you all, I really mean that. If you know anything about me, I’ve been stabbed in the back, undermined, and rejected by a lot of people — still, I am saved, a forgiven sinner that’s made plenty of irrational decisions in the past, and probably will later on. I don’t trust anyone – I am a firm believer in this: God has a unique plan for each of you.

Who am I to pass judgment?

1 Peter 5 : 6-7

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.


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