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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: For the Good of the Team

By Ken Horn
Jan. 31, 2010

Great players make the Pro Bowl. Great teams reach the Super Bowl.

Every year when the Pro Bowl squads are announced there are star players who are left out. You have to be great just to play in the NFL today. The league is chock-full of superb athletes.

But great teams are harder to find.

Coaching legend Bud Wilkinson said, "If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team."

And that can be a hard thing in such a high-profile enterprise. Every season sees its share of gridiron gripers who whine that they are underappreciated and don't see the ball enough. They are frequently labeled prima donnas, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team."

Sometimes a team will pin their hopes on a player like this, only to find out they are a better team without him.

In my view, running backs and quarterbacks are overrated. I've always thought linemen should have stats detailing how many rushing and passing yards were gained while they were slogging it out in the trenches, opening holes for runs or holding off hordes of pass rushers so the big-name stars could make the spotlight plays.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins managed the only perfect season in NFL history with a group of guys known as the "No-Name Defense." The unit was better known than the individual players.

To succeed in life, you need to play the right position and be on a great team. The church of Jesus Christ can be that team: "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another" (Hebrews 10:24,25, NIV; see 1 Corinthians 12).

Ken Horn

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