The Big Dennis
I used to teach and coach at Cypress Jr High just north of Rhodes College. A good friend of mine was the head football coach and I was the assistant. We had a great bunch of kids and some amazing athletes, one was named Dennis. Dennis was in the 8th grade, 6 feet tall and weighed 220 pounds. Not only was he big, he was quick. He played on the line, both ways. When he walked up to get set the kids across from him on the other team were usually 6 inches shorter and 40 pounds lighter. It was scary. We came up with a play just for him. We called it "The Big Dennis". The play was an intentional fumble, we always had to tell the ref so they would know what was going on. Here's how it worked: The center would snap the ball and then fall down on his knees. The QB would take the ball and drop it behind the center, between his legs. The whole team, QB, Running backs, everybody, went right like it was a big sweep. Everybody except Dennis. Dennis, playing tackle on the right side, would take one step back and go left behind everybody else. As he passed the center he would pick up the ball and run as hard as he could around the left side. While both teams were on the right side of the field chasing the play, Dennis was running down the left side all by himself. He looked like some rogue player that lost his mine and decided to run back to the bus. Sometimes when the play was obviously over on the right side of the field, still no whistle, the other team would just stand there and watch, wondering what Dennis was doing, and even more, wondering where the ball was. Our guys went crazy… "Go Dennis, Go Dennis…." At some point the coaches on the other team would realize that he had the ball and start yelling. The play usually ended with 5 players from the other team holding on to Dennis as he dragged them across the goal line, nobody could stop him. The biggest defense against the play was Dennis himself because he just ran out of gas before he got to the end zone. If we ran it inside the 40 yard line it was always a touchdown, but if we ran it past midfield Dennis might be crawling by the time he scored. He would tackle himself, fall down, out of breath, exhausted.
God's like that: Most of the time the biggest thing going against us is us. You're trying to change, but you just can't get there. Let God help. Don't do it by yourself. Ask God for help and then expect him to show up … he will, be patient, don't stop.….
Now that I've let the secret out, you'll probably see "The Big Dennis" in the Super Bowl. Just remember where you heard it first ….