What I learned from Jake Elliott (@jake_elliott22) —The One-Minute Rule
Philippians 3:13 – “This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”
I love football and I especially love following Memphis Tigers football. This season, Memphis has a new kicker since Jake Elliott graduated and went to kick for the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott’s stats while at Memphis are impressive. He holds Memphis all-time kicking records for points kicked, holds school record for longest field goal with a 56-yarder at University of South Florida in 2013, just to mention a few. On Sunday, September 24th I told my husband, “I want to watch Jake Elliott today, who is Philadelphia playing?”
We started watching the Eagles-Giants game, but I fell asleep, after all it was Sunday afternoon. My husband woke me up with the play back of Jake’s 61-yard field goal, with .01 second remaining. The game was tied at 24 and Jake came through for the Eagles just like he used to do for the Tigers! “What?!, show me that again.” The Philadelphia Eagles won against the New York Giants 27 to 24 because of Jakes 61-yard field goal. (@eagles)
The interview Jake did for the press after the game was just as amazing as his 61-yard field goal in my opinion. Why? When asked, “how did you mentally come back from missing the 51-yard field goal in the second half?” Jake responded, “I approach every miss the same way and every make the same way. I have a one to two-minute rule.…..you miss a kick you have one minute to get over it and if you make a kick you have one minute to enjoy it.” https://youtu.be/5D3oK09MDrY
My daughter is on the bowling team this year for her high school. As with all sports, athletes can have great days when everything clicks as well as bad days when nothing goes right. Sophia recently did bad while bowling. I shared Philippians 3:13 with her, “This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”
I’m sending my daughter an email at school everyday for encouragement. Recently I shared with her Jake Elliott’s rule and told her, “There is no reason to spend too much time being upset or too much time celebrating with all things in our lives. If we make a mistake, the important thing is to evaluate the situation and ask ourselves, “what could I have done differently to be successful?”
Thank you, Jake, for sharing your one-minute rule with the world. It proves that my hobby of watching football isn’t just a waste of time. I’m adopting your one-minute rule into my life today and I hope all my readers will consider it as well.
**Authors note- Hello Jake– I want you to know that we (#TigersAthletics, #GoTigersGo) are thinking about you and praying for a speedy recovery. (concussion protocol after Nov. 19th’s game).