How can college ministers impact the stars of Super Bowl XLV?
Go back in time.
Think about the opportunities we had:
Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers QB, went to Miami University in Ohio. Roethlisberger’s win in Super Bowl XL made Miami only the fourth college to produce a Super Bowl winning quarterback and an American President (another Ben, in fact).
The Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, played at Berkeley – after a stint at Butte Community College further north. (And we need great college ministry at both the brainy schools and the two-year schools, right?) He regularly throws to wide receiver James Jones, who went to school not so far away at San Jose State.
Steelers Strong Safety Troy Polamalu and his luxurious locks went to USC – Southern California, not South Carolina. That SoCal USC was also the home of Clay Matthews, one of Green Bay’s linebackers.
Steelers teammates James Farrior and Heath Miller share an alma mater in UVA, while Hines Ward (with a phenomenal first name) is from UGA. The initials continue with Packer B.J. Raji – formerly of BC.
Their coach, Mike Tomlin, went to William & Mary. The coach on the opposite sideline, Mike McCarthy, attended Baker University, a United Methodist school in Kansas.
Michigan was the campus tribe of Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley – and Charles Woodson of the Packers was a Wolverine, too. His teammate Cullen Jenkins was a Central Michigan man, while Western Michigan was the home of Packer Greg Jennings.
Florida schools, meanwhile, produced such Steelers as Lawrence Timmons (FSU) and Maurkice Pouncey (Florida). Packer Nick Collins came out of Florida, too, after attending Bethune-Cookman, a Historically Black College. His teammate, wide receiver Donald Driver, attended an HBC too – Alcorn State.
I could go on and on, obviously. Enormous schools like Ohio State are represented (with Green Bay’s A.J. Hawk, for instance), but so are places like Shippenburg U (John Kuhn) and Louisiana Tech (Tramon Williams).
The point is, college ministries might have / could have impacted guys who are now truly on a world stage – and who deal, day-in and day-out, with a unique set of challenges… and unique opportunities, too. But the college ministry experiences of all these guys are now done. Anything we might have done by us has already been accomplished.
And not only in their lives but in their thousands of classmates. Kinda adds to our urgency.