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Selfishness in Sports So Unlike Damar Hamlin’s Story

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People in the sports world continue to behave selfishly.

That’s what I read about this morning in the online sports news. Jim Harbaugh keeps having meetings with the Denver Broncos while saying he’s fully committed to being the University of Michigan coach. Doublespeak for personal gain.

Alabama players and recruits requested hundreds of thousands of dollars to play for the Crimson Tide. Greedy manipulation of the system.

Jordan Poole took a late-game shot and Steph Curry heaved his mouthpiece into the stands because he wanted Poole to give him the final attempt. Give me the ball. I’m the star.

The Aaron Rogers narcissistic trip continues to fester and wear us out. He says he could win another MVP. Great, you pompous cuss. How about a Super Bowl ring? Oh, my bad. That’s a team thing. You don’t care about the team, only what Aaron wants.

Patrick Reed annoyed everyone once again tossing a golf tee at Rory McIlroy a month after issuing him a subpoena on Christmas Eve over Reed’s golf greed. Then yesterday he riled everybody up with questionable egocentric behavior on the course involving his ball being in a tree, which helped penalize him less for his errant shot. This isn’t Reed’s first shady behavior on the course and won’t be the last because he’s just that kind of guy: selfish and incorrigible.

There are plenty more sordid sports stories I could add here from yesterday and the past few weeks.

All this contrasts sharply with another sports story dominating the current news cycle. You know all about it: bringing back from near-death Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin. On the field a few weeks ago his heart stopped but doctors got him breathing again. Amazing story on every level. A football player brought back from the dead on national TV. Unprecedented. Haunting. Death’s doorstep we contemplated.

Countless prayers and emotional outpourings later, Hamlin has returned, his life restored. Everyone should watch this video of him thanking so many people for getting him through this life-saving crisis.

Gratitude – that’s what Hamlin talks about throughout this video. Thankful to be alive. Thankful to have had so many people praying for him. He speaks about how moved he has been by the support of his opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, in the game where the near-death incident happened. They put humanity above competition and selfishness.

Yes, a big salute to the Bengals organization all the way around for handling this situation with uncommon compassion and class, putting humanity above the team. We were reminded a human life is more important than fierce competition for glory and selfish enrichment.

This suddenly world-famous young man may play football again, and we’re all rooting for that if he wants to. But this man’s life has taken on a much higher purpose, to share with us all what it’s like to almost die and be saved to live more days. To remind us to be more grateful.

He almost left us. How appreciative we are he didn’t. When you listen to the video, you’ll realize he’s exactly the human being we needed to go through this experience.

“This is just the beginning of the impact I want to have on the world,” he says.

By some mysterious force, he’s been called to live this story. For the rest of his days. he’ll be a person we listen to and respect, a sports hero who isn’t selfish and petty, and a kind soul who will lift our emotions. He’s reinvigorated our belief in the power of prayer.

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Sammy Sportface, a sports blogger, galvanizes, inspires, and amuses The Baby Boomer Brotherhood. And you can learn about his vision and join this group's Facebook page here:

Sammy Sportface Has a Vision -- Check It Out

Sammy Sportface -- The Baby Boomer Brotherhood Blog -- Facebook Page
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Sammy Sportface, a sports blogger, galvanizes, inspires, and amuses The Baby Boomer Brotherhood. And you can learn about his vision and join this group's Facebook page here: Sammy Sportface Has a Vision -- Check It Out Sammy Sportface -- The Baby Boomer Brotherhood Blog -- Facebook Page

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