Originally created 01/19/99

The Falcons soar 011999 - The Augusta Chronicle



What an amazing sight Sunday to see the Atlanta Falcons win the National Football Conference Championship -- the first time in the franchise's 33-year history. For Coach Dan Reeves and his team of "Dirty Birds," it's now on to Super Bowl XXXIII against the Denver Broncos in Miami.

Reeves, who endured quadruple bypass surgery just over a month ago, poignantly thanked God for letting him live to see this day. The Almighty must have been looking down benignly; after all, who would have thought the opposing Vikings kicker, who had never missed in two years, would bungle at a crucial time -- thus letting the Falcons to eventually come back to win in overtime?

Also, the Falcons may be one of the most religious teams around. Many players openly pray and Reeves has noted that his many Christian athletes "are team players, they've got their priorities straight and they can be very focused on what their job is."

Most of us can't fly like the Atlanta Falcons, but we can aspire. Watching that game should remind everyone that we should push ourselves to the limits of our ability in our own everyday endeavors.

Author Ayn Rand once wrote, "The sight of an achievement is the greatest gift a human being could offer to others." Coach Reeves and his fine Falcon athletes offered a fantastic gift this past Sunday to countless fans.