You know, lots of people can tell you what they were doing on September 11, 2001.Â I’m probably one of the few who can remember almost as clearly what I was doing on September 10, 2001.
I was watching a Colts game.
With the Colts finally going into the Super Bowl next week, I find myself remembering September 10, 2001.Â I’m not a huge football fan, but that particular Colts-Jets game was unusually memorable, thanks to a 280 pound defensive end named Chukie Nwokorie.
It was an oddball game all around.Â Quarterback Peyton Manning had a fumble recovery and a tackle, of all things.Â Terrence Wilkins dropped a punt.Â Jets quarterback Vinnie Testaverde got tangled up with another player at the 2 yard line, and dropped the ball entirely.
Which brings us to Chukie.
Chukie grabbed the ball after Testaverde’s fumble, and took off for the end zone.Â Well, “took off” probably implies a lot more speed than was actually seen.Â For those readers who really aren’t into football, 280 pound defensive ends are not made to run the ball.Â They’re made to keep people from running, in a very forcible way.Â And the end zone was 95 yards away.
Testaverde caught up to Chukie and attempted to get the ball back, with no luck.Â He might not’ve been the fastest guy on the field, but Nwokorie was possibly the most stubborn.Â Towards the end of his run, two or three other Colts players appeared to be pushing Chukie bodily towards the end zone.
In the end, Nwokorie set a team record, collapsing at the end of his 95 yard … well, maybe “amble” moreso than “run,” but still.
And the moral of our little true sports fable is be persistent, look for unexpected opportunities, and don’t get boxed in by what you think you’re not good at.