I am so excited that football is back! I love NFL football and the Patriots are my team. Last year was a tough season for the Pats especially after losing Wes Welker to a season ending injury. The big question in the off-season was “when will this guy come back?”
Now here is a guy who defies critics time and time again! Just 8 months ago, doctors suggested Wes’ ripped-up left knee would take at least a full 12 months to heal. For those keeping track, he had both an ACL and MCL tear that both required surgery. In addition, he also needed rotator-cuff surgery. Many said his 2010 season was gone. Everyone except Wes and his teammates!
On Sunday September 12th 2010, Welker defied the odds and started the opening game of the 2010 season. Not only did Wes play, he looked no different than his pre-injury self as he hauled in 8 catches and scored 2 touchdowns. He was back in a big way!
This guy is as mentally tough as they come: Never taking no for an answer, always determined to find a way to make things happen. His picture should be next to the words “hard work” and “determination” in the dictionary.
Just as unlikely as his injury comeback, Welker’s career has defied all odds. At only 5’9 and 185 pounds, he has no place being in the NFL – home to 6’3 350 pound defenders. Like Rudy Ruettiger, the infamous guy who defied odds to make the Notre Dame football team , Wes is all heart, but unlike Rudy, Welker also has the talent to back it up!
Talk about beating the odds
Welker was a high school football star in Oklahoma City becoming state player of the year. Despite his high school heroics, he didn’t receive a single college scholarship because of his small size. He’s not built like a football player they said. Wes was determined to play NFL football.
After another kid declined a scholarship to Texas Tech, the Red Raiders decided to take a chance on Wes. What a payoff! Wes ended up scoring 31 touchdowns over 4 seasons and still holds the NCAA record for most TDs on punt returns. Yet upon graduation, there was ZERO interest from the NFL. Get this: he wasn’t even invited to the NFL scouting combine. He was written off as “too small” for football.
Still Wes pressed on for his dreams. He fought and secured a tryout with the San Diego Chargers. He convinced them he could make a difference for the team. The dream was short lived as he wound up making the team only to get cut after the first game. Wes kept positive and was given another shot by the Miami Dolphins who used him mainly as a special teams player before let him try out at wide receiver. Still, Miami never really believed in Wes’ abilities.
In 2007, they let Wes walk. On the other side of belief was Bill Bellichick, coach of the New England Patriots, who has an uncanning ability to spot talent where others see trash. He saw a big star in Welker and gladly traded a second and a seventh round pick in exchange for Wes.
Since 2007, Wes has led the league in receptions twice, caught over 110 passes a year for three consecutive seasons (never been done before), and scored 17 touchdowns (as of September 12th). Though he isn’t the most dominant receiver in the game, he is one of the trickiest to cover. He bobs and weaves in and out of coverage, rarely misses a ball thrown to him, and takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
So what’s this got to do with finances?
Well look at all Wes has accomplished despite the odds:
– Received a college scholarship despite no interest in his talent
– Made his way onto an NFL team despite being undrafted
– Landed onto another team despite getting cut from the NFL
– Set an NFL record for receptions (110+) over 3 years despite his small size
No matter where you are financially with hard work and determination, you too can succeed despite the odds.
You may be facing:
* unemployment with no hope for a job
* a lack of profits and no hope for saving your company
* bad health and no hope for a recovery
* a bad marriage and no hope of reconciliation
* huge debt and no hope to pay it off
Wherever you are, there is always hope. Give it over to the Creator of life. God can help you go through anything. Never give up on His ability to help you through the tough times. Stay positive, lean on Him, and keep pressing forward!
The odds may be stacked against you, but where there is will, there is always a way. Be determined! Keep fighting! Don’t give up, Don’t lose hope! Keep trying! Hard work and determination will eventually pay huge dividends. Just like Wes Welker, you too can make your dreams come true if you keep fighting day after day…No one said it would be easy but know this: any place worth going requires faith, perseverance, determination, time, energy, and a whole lot of hard work!