If you think the Burke County High School state championship is just about football, we’d encourage you to take a time-out and think it over.
If it’s just about football, then how will the school’s first state crown follow these boys the rest of their lives (which you know it will)? They won’t be wearing shoulder pads and cleats in 20 years. But they will carry Saturday’s 28-14 victory over Peach County at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta wherever they go for as long as they live.
That’s not football. It’s something more.
It’s the ultimate reward for hard work, dedication, teamwork, faith and enough other positives that they could form a Boy Scout oath. It’s a lifelong lesson, and one they’ll remember as much or more than any lesson their teachers shared with them in class: that if you mind your P’s and Q’s, stay out of trouble, work hard and play by the rules, you can achieve great things.
These young men have many choices to make for the rest of their lives. But they will make those decisions having the benefit of seeing what happens when you do what’s necessary to win, to create excellence. It’s something they’ll be able to translate into both their professional and personal lives.
It’s why championship teams earn rings – like a string around their finger, the rings serve as a reminder of a great and singular accomplishment. This year, they were the best. And from now on, they’ll know how it’s done.
It isn’t just football, though that would be enough. It’s life.
And these guys are on top.