As is the normal procedure that afternoon at the pre-game meal, Team Chaplin Father Rob Hagan shared a Life Lesson with the team. Father Rob's messages are based in Christianity and the Bible, but all members of the team, irrespective of their religion, know how universal his reflections are.
It was Holy Thursday and Father Rob began by telling the team how Jesus at his last "Team Meal" on this same day had taken the opportunity to solidify what it means to truly live for others when He washed the feet of his Apostles in an act of humble service. Jesus said, 'Humility is not weakness. It is strength.'
In Coach Wright's book, "Attitude" he describes what Father Hagan said and did next:
"Brothers, maybe we could join in that spirit and simply pull off a sneaker and a sock and use these pitchers of water on the table to wash the foot of the person next to us. A coach, a teammate, a manager, a trainer, a spouse. Father Rob walked to the table, grabbed a full pitcher and walked in my direction. I pulled a shoe and sock off and rolled up the pant leg of my Nike sweat suit. Father Rob took the pitcher and began to pour. Father Rob had washed my foot. Ryan "Arch" Arcidiacono was seated next to me. I looked at him, and without a word, he took off a shoe and sock. I grabbed another pitcher to wash Arch's foot. And so, it went, from one player to the next, on to the coaching and administrative staff. The room was silent the entire time. As each player passed the pitcher to the next, it felt to me like we were growing incrementally stronger with each pouring.
Father Rob put the lesson in terms that everyone could relate to. "So much of our lives is measured in numbers," he continued. "Number of points, number of minutes, number of highlights on SportsCenter. Number of dollars. Jesus is challenging us to track some new numbers: The number of times I picked someone else up who was down. The number of times I sacrificed a piece of me for someone else. The number of times I asked for and offered forgiveness."
Father Rob had given the team the most important statistics to track.
What's on your stat sheet?