What do you think is a long time to be married? Growing up, it used to be 50+ years. But now it seems if you make it past 10 years, it’s nothing short of magical.
And then I look at it compared to the Super Bowl. Yes, marriage and the Super Bowl goes hand-in-hand.
Regardless of what team you are rooting for, did you ever think Tom Brady would be playing in his 9th Super Bowl?
Some might say the same about you and your marriage.
Nothing short of magical.
But that’s what we are missing when it comes to marriage and living a lifetime with one person.
Most people will agree that marriage takes work. But what does that work look like?
Did you ever think in your lifetime you would see a quarterback go to the Super Bowl 9 times with the same team?
A few interesting facts and stats about Tom Brady.
- He was 24 years olds when he won his first Super Bowl. He was the second youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
- Brady was the 199th pick in the NFL Draft.
- During the 2018 season, Tom Brady has averaged 2.6 seconds between the time the ball is snapped and the time he released the ball, per NexGen stats.
- He has served as team captain for 17 years. He has been a captain since 2002.
- There were only 5 interceptions out of 357 attempts in all eight Super Bowl appearances. WOW!!
- The were 2,576 passing yards in all eight Super Bowl. (Kurt Warner holds the No. 2 spot in three trips at 1,156 yards.)
People are quick to look at Tom Brady and judge his success. But Tom didn’t start out that way.
If people looked at your marriage, would they be quick to judge? Maybe you’ve had more valleys than mountains, but everyone only sees the good.
Or it could be the reverse. Everyone sees only mountains, and there’s nothing but loneliness, hurt, and brokenness.
When you said “I do”, did you ever think working on your marriage would take as much effort on your part?
Probably not. Unfortunately, many fall into that same camp. In fact, no one works as hard on their relationship except prior to the marriage.
We tend to forget that marriage is a team sport. It takes two! If you are wanting to have a Super Bowl marriage, it takes a team.
So how do you create an incredible marriage?
The K.I.S.S. ~ Make a play daily!
Taking it right out the Tom Brady’s playbook, you need to make a play daily.
Coach Belichick was interviewed regarding what Tom brings to the team. You might be surprised by what you can learn from a 5 times Super Bowl champion. (Quotes from CNBC)
Willing to do the work even when life happens.
Coach Belichick said, “Tom works very hard. He wasn’t all that good when we got him. He mechanically wasn’t anywhere near where it eventually has ended up.”
We all have work to do; personal development, attitude adjustments, new lifestyle strategies, compromise, etc. Marriage takes work.
You can’t be in a marriage and assume everything will work out for itself. You need to learn on the field, in the field, and off the field. It’s a vision and an understanding.
In marriage, it is vital to be present just like on the field or you will miss the pass.
So much of marriage is planning. You plan to get married. You plan the family. You plan to buy a house. You plan to buy a new car. You plan for a career advancement. You plan for retirement.
There is so much planning that you can easily forget about the present. Be present so you don’t miss out on the greatness in your marriage.
Now you probably never thought a quarterback could teach you something off the field regarding marriage.
So during this Super Bowl weekend, think how you can engage more in your marriage. It’s time to show up and make a play daily!
“It’s time to show up and make a play daily! Nothing short of magical!”
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