Bill, as he was called, had just moved into the area and knew nothing about the game of American football, but he was excited to play. He was a friendly boy but his lack of knowledge of the game sometimes caused the coach a challenge as he would show up having forgotten important things like his cleats, mouth guard or uniform.
Bill had to learn a new language, get used to new people and learn the game all at once. But Bill didn’t give up and kept on trying, despite the handicaps he faced. Even though he made countless mistakes and frustrated both his coach and teammates, Bill always wanted to play the game.
Finally, in the final game of the season, Bill was to find his way. The coach had put him into the game and he was trying very hard to do well, despite having already been penalized four times for jumping off sides. But then he was put in at running back and given the command by the coach to “dive right.”
The team members seemed to understand and got very excited.
The quarterback sprinted into the huddle with the play, and Bill and a
few teammates looked back at the coach in disbelief, and then smiled.
The boys rushed to the line and everyone, including Bill, lined up correctly. He received the ball, didn’t fumble, and ran with all his might through a big hole while his teammates blocked and got a five yard gain for the team. Everyone was excited and cheered for Bill.
Bill too was excited and it turned out that they ended up winning the game later on. The morale of the whole story is that in those moments when the team blocked and Bill ran his heart out, the parents and everyone agreed, the kids really looked like a team. As the coach said, it’s important to learn the importance of being a team, striving to do something great, being unselfish and helping each other. Helping Bill that day to do something great helped everyone else learn to do just that.