For some, a quarter means 25 cents, or part of a football game. To me, it’s how I live my life – 15 minutes at a time. What does that have to do with Vince Lombardi and football? Find out in today’s video.
Hi, I’m Rachel Kerr Schneider, thank you for joining me. Tonight, we’re under the lights at Veteran’s Field at Minnetonka High School. It’s not Friday night; you can probably tell by the size of the guys behind me, this isn’t the varsity team. This is Jake’s 6th grade team of Minnetonka playing Wayzatta.
They’re all in blue but it might be a little hard to distinguish, but actually the Minnetonka team has blue on the bottom and white on top.
It’s funny, I was talking to somebody earlier tonight and they blew the whistle and said, first quarter is over. And she looked at me and said, quarter? 25 cents? I go, no. To you a quarter means 25 cents, by my standards, quarter is 15 minutes. I live my life in 15-minute increments.
I’ve got to pay attention, because Jake is the quarterback and I’ve got to watch sometimes. Because he asks me after the game, what do you think? How did that look? Dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, There’s a funny story I want to share about Jake, as it relates to football. Because he’s the football player.
John, my other son, is the lacrosse player. We’ve been reading a biography on Vince Lombardi and for those of you that may not be too familiar, the Super Bowl trophy is called the Lombardi trophy because of Vince Lombardi and his illustrious coaching career with the Green Bay Packers. So we’re reading a biography on Vince Lombardi, that’s meant for adults, and I’m reading it out loud to Jake. I crawl into bed every night and we read and we read and we read.
About 2 weeks after John had passed, Jake looked at me and he said, Mom do you think that Dad could meet Vince Lombardi. And I looked at him and I said, you know what Jake? He probably already has. I have no doubt that they’ve gotten together and they’ve evaluated Jake’s career and what he can do well and what he can improve on.
I just thought it was so fun for a 10 year old, at that time he was 10, to be so focused on someone like Lombardi. Who has of course left a legacy and is a legend in football. For tonight, it’s all about this game. The here and the now. Under the lights, on the turf and in Minnetonka. I want to thank you for joining me, and I hope wherever you are, the lights are shining brightly and that your players, whatever it is that they’re playing, stay safe.
I’m Rachel Kerr Schneider, thanks for joining me.