Don't Flinch

Feb 06, 2012

Congratulations to the New York Giants on their exciting Super Bowl win!

Theodore Roosevelt’s relationship with football is often mentioned in passing in the major biographies of his life. It was Roosevelt who famously “saved” the game by calling for the major universities with football teams to meet at the White House in order to address the mounting body count the game was putting up in its early days. That early meeting would lead eventually to the foundation of the NCAA.

Many of Roosevelt’s letters to his sons discuss their involvement in football. The president saw football as a game which built character and helped men become strong leaders. The particular document I wish to share with you this morning, however, is a short quote that Roosevelt sent to a newspaper editor in Ohio on February 3, 1903.

It seems to me that a good rule for life is one borrowed from the football field – don’t flinch, don’t foul, hit the line hard.

To see the document, click here.

Why Roosevelt sent only this quote to the editor is unknown. Perhaps it was for an interview or the editor wanted a pithy quote for an upcoming big game? Whatever the reason, on this Monday after the Super Bowl, enjoy these words of football wisdom from Roosevelt.

Posted by Krystal Thomas on Feb 06, 2012 in Current Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

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