Love Never Fails
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes in all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Back in the early 80's, Notre Dame football was sputtering over a five year period, resulting in a lackluster performance of only 30 wins and 26 losses. Enter Lou Holtz.
I didn't know a great deal about this new head coach, so I watched some of his initial press conferences to see what I could make of him. I have to admit that he didn't look like much.
He was a little wisp of a man at 5-foot-nothing and maybe 125 pounds. He also spoke with a bit of a lisp, but you didn't have to listen for very long to know that there was something special about him.
Maybe it was the humble confidence, or the simple and motivational message he always delivered with such passion. Maybe it was the self-deprecating humor. Maybe it was just the untiring spring in his step or the little twinkle in his eye. Whatever it was, I liked him instantly.
"If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today." -- Lou Holtz
Lou got right down to business, which was the business of restoring a football team that had sunk from a champion to mediocrity. Reinstilling a sense of the great Notre Dame tradition was a part of the process.
While pouring through old University photo albums, Lou came across a photograph showing a sign in the Notre Dame locker room that read: "Play Like a Champion Today."
"I asked everybody, 'Who took it down?" he said. Nobody remembered it even being up. So I said, 'Get that painted up. I'm going to put it in the same place and everybody is going to hit it on the way out to the field to remind them of all the sacrifices they have made, their families have made, and other people have made for them to be there."