Garrett grew up cheering for Navy because his dad, Jeff Krstich, was a standout offensive lineman and co-captain for the Army/Navy game of 1969. Jeff went on to serve in Vietnam but never lost his love for the Naval Academy. He died unexpectedly at the age of 60 from a massive heart attack. The loss hit his family hard.
Garrett didn’t choose to go to Navy. He was a walk-on at SMU and earned his position as back-up quarterback for the team, starting four games in 2014. In his fifth and final year of eligibility, he was given a scholarship. This year, Garrett couldn’t help but notice that SMU was to play at Navy in November. Coach Chad Morris, realizing the significance of the game to Garrett, made him captain and starting QB for the game to the applause of the entire SMU team.
When Garrett got off the team bus, he walked alone to the center of the field and knelt down to pray. Garrett started that game, throwing one pass for one yard. But the stat sheet could not measure what it meant to that young man. Coach Morris said it well, “That is what college football is all about. It’s a moment he won’t forget. I won’t forget. A life touches a life…that then touches a life.”
SMU lost to Navy 55-14, but to Garrett it was a victory of a different sort, “He was right there on the field with me. It was bigger than football. If he was there, he’d have told me how proud he was of me. Not for football but for who I am as a person.”
Many football games will be played during this Christmas season, but may we never forget that beyond all the cheering, the scoring, and the winning and losing, there are real people whose heartfelt stories seldom get told. Thank you Garrett and ESPN for sharing this story….
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
"I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included." –Bernard Manning
In the department store of life, “sports” is the toy department. But faith is the eternal battery that just keeps on giving! Who needs toys when you have the king of kings in your heart?
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
This is a Christmas evergreen song that I love listening to every year. Every time, it brings me to tears as I think of Mary being given the gift of birthing the son of God. Enjoy Pentatonix singing Mary, Did You Know?
You can find the archived messages from this year's series on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/. More tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
Your Host for this Year's Journey....