One of my favorite movies of all time is Miracle on Ice – the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that defeated the powerful Soviets in a classic match-up that was much “bigger” than just a game. In his pre-game speech, coach Herb Brooks said, “Great moments are born from great opportunities.” Was it destiny or was it design that these young, less experienced hockey players came together to beat a much stronger, better hockey team?
Thirty years have passed since that historic game, and it’s February 7, 2010 – Super Bowl 44 in Miami, Florida – where I awoke with great excitement. As the personal trainer for quarterback Drew Brees for the past 7 years, I knew better than most how hard Drew had worked to make it to Miami. I knew the choices and the sacrifices. I knew the challenges and the setbacks. I knew the behind-the-scenes work required to make Drew the champion he was when he awoke on Super Bowl Sunday, win or lose.
Deep inside, I believed the Saints would win. But, even so, all morning long, I reflected on one question. Would the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl because they were destined or because they were designed to win?
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