There’s something about football boys. 

Maybe it’s the sunrise practices when the heat is too strong mid-afternoon. Or maybe it’s the late nights lying in their beds, studying game film long after practice has ended and once their homework is done. Maybe it’s the way they look under the Friday night lights, with pads over their broad shoulders and light reflecting off their glossy helmets. 

Maybe it’s intangible, something that can only be felt deep in the heart as you watch them run through the paper banner, past the cheerleaders and fans, and onto the field. Yeah, it’s true, there’s something about football boys. 

Boys who willingly put themselves through brutal practices—coming home with bruises, icing their injuries, and then getting up the next day to do it all over again. 

Boys who analyze complex blocking schemes and break down plays not just at the beginning of the season, but every single week as they face a new opponent and a new game plan. 

RELATED: All Sports Parents Should Read This Patrick Mahomes Letter With Their Kids

Boys who get tackled, shoved, and stepped on—again and again—who have the grit and determination to get back up—again and again. 

Boys who protect their quarterback at all costs, who block for teammates as they catch the pass and score the touchdown—they know the roaring crowd wasn’t looking at them, yet they did the unseen work that made the play possible

Boys who bump chests and crash helmets in excitement after a big play. Boys who reach out a hand to an opponent, helping them to their feet just moments after making the hit that knocked them to the ground. 

Boys who walk the halls with a sense of pride not because of their individual accomplishments but because they’re a part of a team that is so much bigger than themselves—not just a team, a family.

There’s something else about these football boys . . . one day, they will become men. 

Men who work hard, day after day, with long hours and demanding bosses, customers, or patients. Men who fall asleep exhausted and worn, yet get up the next day and do it all again. 

Men who become husbands and fathers, no longer analyzing game film, but instead contemplating what’s best for their families. Men who make decisions based on careful thought and prayer, striving to be all their wives and children need. 

RELATED: Let Us Raise Boys Who Have Respect Running Through Their Veins

Men who life tries to knock down, who face hardship and struggles. Men who know adversity well and who have the grit and determination to keep going when life gets hard.

Men who protect the ones they love at all costs, who know the meaning of sacrifice. Men who take out the trash and change the diapers because they know even the glory-less work is important. 

Men with generous and kind hearts who notice others, a little down on their luck, and reach out to help and support without judgment. 

Men who walk the halls of their homes and places of work with pride, not because of their individual accomplishments, but the pride of working and living for something more, for something bigger. Men who value faith, family, and friendship most and understand where their true worth comes from. 

Yes, there’s truly something special about football boys . . . and the men they become. 

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Check out our new Keepsake Companion Journal that pairs with our So God Made a Mother book!

Order Now
So God Made a Mother's Story Keepsake Journal

Kelsey Scism

Kelsey is a former language arts teacher, mother of six, wife, and most importantly a Christian loving our Lord. As a teacher, she loved inspiring and encouraging her students. Today, she finds inspiration in the everyday moments as a stay-at-home mom and hopes to encourage others along the way. Her goal is to share Christ’s love and encourage others through her writing. She shares the countless lessons God is teaching her on her blog Loving Our Lord. She is currently writing her first book, a year-long devotional for middle school girls scheduled to be published with Bethany House in the fall of 2024. Hang out with her on Facebook or Instagram.

To the Siblings in the Stands, You’re the Real MVPs

In: Kids, Motherhood
younger siblings sitting on the bleachers

The most underrated fans in youth sports are the siblings in the stands. The youngest ones schlepped from game to game, morning and night, rain or shine. The ones who can’t always remember their best friends’ names but are known as Braden’s little sister and the quarterback’s pesky brother. None of whom own phones but intuitively know where to meet and who brings what to endure the hours spent in the bleachers. In some ways, these feral little children get the best parts of us parents. Sure, our firstborns had appropriate playdates in the park with organic carrots and reusable...

Keep Reading

Dear Son, Even Your Football Heroes are Human

In: Kids, Motherhood
Dear Son, Even Your Football Heroes are Human

I have been a die-hard Husker football fan my entire life. I was 9 years old in 1995 and we were on top of the football world. We had won a National Championship in 1994 and we were set up to do it again. I knew most of the players’ names. I even decorated my Valentine’s bag with my favorite players’ numbers. My brother and I blasted Queen’s “We Are the Champions” for weeks. I thought Husker football players were the ultimate. Until one day, when I sat eating my breakfast and overheard on the news that Lawrence Phillips, one...

Keep Reading

The Best Youth Sports Coaches Hold Our Kids Accountable

In: Kids, Sports

I’ll never forget it. I was a high school freshman and we were in the middle of a heated basketball game with one of our rivals. I was on the floor when I heard my coach yelling for me, “Mandy! Mandy!” I heard him. But I was blatantly ignoring him. On the third, “Mandy!” I turned away from the court to the bench and yelled “WHAT?!!?” My hands were in the air to signal I was annoyed. This coach was not one to mess with. He knew basketball like the back of his hand and he DID NOT DEAL with...

Keep Reading