You don’t have to be a football fan or Super Bowl viewer to understand the valuable lesson that Malcolm Butler taught us last night. In a postgame interview, Butler said: “I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play”. Indeed he did!
If you didn’t watch what happened, Butler, a rookie, intercepted Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback, Russell Wilson, near the goal line with nearly 20 seconds remaining in the game. That move ended what appeared to be the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory. "I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play”.
Don’t be fooled; Butler’s vision didn’t just start at SuperBowl 49 or when he stepped on the starting line. Butler has lived his life as the underdog: one of five children, he worked part time at Popeye’s chicken after being dismissed five games into his freshman season at Community College. How did he go from a part-time Popeye’s employee to single handedly turning a loss into a win in the biggest game of the year?
Receivers coach and director of football operations, Michael McCarty, said it best: “We just called him 'The Playmaker.' He's a hardcore guy. He gets after it. He is as fiery a competitor as I've ever seen, especially at that position. He was always around the ball. He's a ball hawk. He wasn't going to give up an inch. That's just how he is."
Are you a playmaker? What is your vision/big play? Are you in fiery pursuit of it? If not, light or reignite your fire and start your winning game plan. All things are possible if you believe and have a vision!
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru