Sunday, September 2, 2018

Football's Strangest Play in 1929

One of the strangest plays in college football occurred in the 1929 Rose Bowl. Roy Riegels, a University of California football player, picked up a fumble by Georgia Tech and started running toward the end zone. He raced 65 yards down the field until he was finally tackled on the 1-yard line—by his own teammate!

Why did a player on his own team tackle him? Riegels got confused after picking up the fumble and ran in the wrong direction. He was the only one in the stadium who didn’t know he was running to the wrong goal. He heard the cheers of the crowd but didn’t realize they were coming from the fans of the other team. CLICK HERE to see a video of the play.

Riegels ran in a way that seemed right to him. Imagine his embarrassment when he realized he ran to the wrong goal. But Roy’s mistake is a teachable moment for us. Everyone is running toward a goal, whether it’s right or wrong.
Many people are going to be embarrassed on Judgment Day when they realize they ran to the wrong goal. They spent their life living for themselves instead of God. "There is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death" (Prov. 14:12).

The goal of life is to love God will all our hearts and to please Him in all we do. "We have as our ambition ... to be pleasing to Him" (2 Cor. 5:9). So if you've been running in the wrong direction, don't get upset if someone on your own team tackles you. They're just trying to keep you from making a big mistake.

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