Author Archives: Jim Grassi

Fumbles and Failures

Fumbles and Failures

Coaches work hard with players to develop in them the skills needed to protect the ball at all costs. Most NFL teams conduct a regular drill in which the runner scampers past a group of heavy-handed linemen who attempt to knock the ball away. Fumbles, failures, goofs — whatever you call them — do strange

Impossible Situations? He is the Lord of Possibilities

Mr. Football: Johnny U During the 1950s & 1960s, there was one name that became synonymous with football — Johnny Unitas. During these great growth years of the NFL, Unitas helped carry the sport to the forefront. His work ethic and passion for the game provided his teammates with great inspiration. Unitas was a self-made man

Guts, Grace, and Glory

Editor’s Note: The most exciting time of the NFL football season is upon us, as fans around the country are gearing up for Superbowl Sunday. Enjoy this excerpt of  Guts, Grace, and Glory: A Football Devotional by Dr. Jim Grassi. This book gives favorite Bible verses and anecdotes from some of the greatest players in the

Are You In The Game For God?

In football, each player toils at his job hoping to win his individual battles. Each player brings his own dynamic to the game: for some it’s about intimidation; for others it’s a quiet but powerful exercise of God-given abilities; with a few players the battle is won through analysis and applied wisdom. There are times when

Humility Wins

Wise words from the New Testament remind us of the importance humility can play in our lives: After an exciting touchdown run, it is refreshing to see so many professional football players kneel to the ground to celebrate their success with a quiet, reflective moment. It’s a real contrast to the vibrant, ego-centered rampages we saw during most of the

Character: Can the Devil Make Me Do It?

Sorting through some of the discouraging headlines from the sports section of various newspapers , I find an amazing number of columns dealing exclusively with the topic of character, or lack thereof. Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State assistant who coached scores of NFL defenders in his three decades at the university, was found guilty on 45 counts at

Just Do It! Make a Difference!

To some, “Just Do It” is a catchy phrase for a sports apparel company. To Robert Griffin III, that phrase has more meaning and purpose. When it was announced that Robert Griffin III was the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor fans erupted in cheers of great joy. The man known as “RG3” is the first Heisman winner in Baylor history.

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What’s Your Game Plan?

Today ’s quarterback can no longer be just a great athlete; he must also be a student of the game with an excellent memory. Some teams now have offensive playbooks that boast of 150–170 different plays! Even though players who reach the pro level are already familiar with the basics found in all team playbooks, most NFL teams spend a lot

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