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Handout #193: “The Game of Life . . .”

“The Game of Life . . .”

While you have ceased to play the game of football . . . you will soon begin to take part in an even bigger and more important game . . . the Game of Life!

I would like to pass on to you the advice a Chaplain gave his son upon graduation.  “I’m giving you the ball, son, and naming you the quarterback for your team in the game of life.  I am your coach . . . so I’ll give it to you straight.  There is only one schedule to play . . . it lasts all your life, but consists of only one game.

“It is a long game . . . with no time out and no substitutions.  You . . . each of you . . . play the whole game . . . all your life.  You’ll have a great backfield.  You’re calling the signals but the other three fellows in the backfield with you have great reputations.  They are named FAITH . . . HOPE . . . and CHARITY.

“You’ll work behind a truly powerful line.  End to end . . . it consists of HONESTY . . . LOYALTY . . . DEVOTION TO DUTY . . . SELF RESPECT . . . STUDY . . . CLEANLINESS . . . and GOOD BEHAVIOR.

“The goal posts are the Pearly Gates of Heaven.  God is the referee and sole official.  He makes all the rules and there is no appeal from them.

“There are ten rules.  You know them as the ten commandments . . . and you play them strictly in accordance with your own religion.

“There is also an important ground rule.  It is . . . ‘As ye would that men should do to you . . . do ye also to them likewise.”

“The Ball?  . . . It is your immortal soul.  Hold on o it.  Now, son get in there and let’s see what you can do with it.”

© {BCB}


For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: HANDOUT #193: The Game of Life . . .. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.


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