Walter Payton and football says everything there is to about life. What can Walter Payton teach us about life? Walter Payton was one of the greatest running backs of all time in the NFL. He broke Jim Brown’s career rushing record. He led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl in 1985. In that Super Bowl, the man, Walter Payton, of whom was one of the best running back of all time and deserved nothing but the best, didn’t score a single touchdown. However, William Perry (the Refrigerator) did. A fat lineman that really had no business running the ball, scored a touchdown. Now, fast forward the SuperBowl XXVII, and another lineman by the name of Leon Lett picked up a ball and ran it in for a touchdown.
So basically, here you have a guy that is the best running back in the world that never got to score a SuperBowl touchdown. And yet you have two fat guys that have no business even touching the football, score touchdowns in the SuperBowl. This mimics life and it can teach a lot of us something. It teaches us that nothing is guaranteed. It teaches us that there will be times in our lives where we will witness people achieve things that they truly don’t deserve because they happen to be in the right place at the right time and completely lucked out. You might have worked very hard at your career, only to witness someone that is younger than you that hasn’t done much and hasn’t put forth much effort get promoted to a management position making more money than you.
These are the Leon Letts of life. It’s just the way it is and there is nothing you can do about it. Knowing this about Walter Payton, definitely reminds us not to take things too seriously and to remember that there are going to be things in life that just aren’t fair. And what else happened to Walter Payton to top it all off? He died at the age of 45 of cancer. Another unfair situation. Walter Payton was not only one of the greatest running backs of all time, but also a better person off the field than he was on the field. And yet he didn’t get what he was entitled to. He was entitled to a SuperBowl touchdown and he was entitled to a great retirement.
The next time you are having a bad day, or you miss out on that promotion, or some loser achieves something with little effort that you would give your life for, just remember Walter Payton and the 1985 Bears. It will let you know that you aren’t the only one in this world that didn’t get what they want. So how do you handle these situations? Ignore the Leon Letts of the world and keep doing what you do best. Nothing is worth anything if you didn’t get to work hard for it. Ignore the Leon Letts of the world, because all they did was pick the ball up and trot into the end-zone. I’ve seen this all too many times in my life. What it shows us is that we need to loosen up and realize that sometimes things just turn out the way they do for no particular reason. Leon Lett and William Perry were not great running backs. Yet they both scored SuperBowl touchdowns. Something that the greatest running back of all time never got to do. Just keep playing your best game because every dog has his day and your day will come. The journey is what brings us happiness.