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Game Plan for Life

April 20, 2010 - Alex Marshall
Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Century Club hit a home run Saturday night -- score that a touchdown, rather -- when they landed Jim Tressel, head coach of The Ohio State football team, as the keynote speaker at its forty-third annual dinner.
 
Tressel’s message before 500 plus guests at Finnegan Fieldhouse was absent of the X’s & O’s and player profiles one might expect at this type of event. There wasn’t even a rousing “Let’s win one for the gipper,” out of Tressel during his talk. 
 
Instead, Coach Tressel shared his “Game Plan for Life,” which includes Knowing God; Loving God; and To Serve God by serving others. It was a wonderful oration of faith, football and Franciscan University ideals that easily won over those in attendance on this night.
 
Tressel did talk a little football, admitting that he is humbled and honored to serve as head football coach of Ohio State. He also reflected that he gets a tad nervous on Saturday afternoons knowing that many weddings are put on hold while his Buckeyes are on the field.
 
Coach T detoured from his “Game Plan for Life” remarks briefly mentioning Michigan during his talk, satisfying those Buckeye fans in the audience. Tressel is a shrewd man and knows that his 8-1 record against everyone’s arch-rival is red meat for those die-hard fans.  
 
Tressel also understands the importance of beating Michigan, but he knows that his outstanding record against the Wolverines won’t get him into “God’s Hall of Fame.” Football is regional at best, he told the audience.
 
Coach Tressel ended his talk by sharing a passage (one that his team recites before each game) from one of his favorite poets, Edward Everett Hale. It goes like this;
 
“I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
 
2010 Century Club Honorees
 
Abe Bryan
Tedd Kwasniak
Niall O’Mahony
Earl Cramblett

 
 

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