Field Report #2
There's Something Greater
There’s Something Greater
The goal of every great athlete is to keep pressing forward and to put in the work that will help you get the absolute most that you can out of the athletic ability that you’ve been given — to unlock your full potential.
Many people are enamored with professional athletes and their larger-than-life careers. However, many professional athletes end up looking for something bigger than their own careers. At some point, they begin to discover that reaching their full athletic potential is great, but it’s not as fulfilling as they thought it would be. They discover that there has to be more to life than championships, All-Star games and even Hall of Fame careers.
In a famous 2005 interview on 60 Minutes, Tom Brady shared those exact feelings when he said this:
“Why do I have three Super Bowl rings, and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, “Hey man, this is what it is.” I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think: God, it’s gotta be more than this. I mean this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be. I mean I’ve done it. I’m 27. And what else is there for me?”
And so, the reporter asks Brady… “What’s the answer?”
Brady responds by saying…
“I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I mean I think that’s part of me trying to go out and experience other things. I love playing football, and I love being a quarterback for this team, but, at the same time, I think there’s a lot of other parts about me that I’m trying to find. I know what ultimately makes me happy are family and friends, and positive relationships with great people. I think I get more out of that than anything.”
You see, after three Super Bowl rings, a 27-year-old Tom Brady discovered that Super Bowl rings are great… but they’re not satisfying. At this point in his life, Brady was searching for something greater out there than being a famous, super successful NFL quarterback.
Did he find the answer that he was searching for?
I’m not sure.
Since this 2005 interview, Brady has gone on to play 17 more seasons. He has won 4 more Super Bowl rings and holds almost every single NFL record a quarterback could achieve.
Listen, I love Tom Brady. I have nothing but the upmost respect and appreciation for what he has accomplished as a professional athlete. I’m thankful that I have gotten to watch his entire career unfold before my eyes — even that ridiculous comeback win in the 2016 Super Bowl against my hometown Falcons.
But I can’t help but wonder if he’s still searching. I can’t help but wonder if after all this success, he’s still wondering what else is out there.
In 2015, Brady was interviewed by the New York Times. In that interview, which was ten years after the 60 Minutes interview, Brady stated, “I don’t know what I believe. I think there’s a belief system, I’m just not sure what it is.”
Tom Brady was a 6th rounder in the 2000 NFL draft and the 199th overall pick. He was the 7th quarterback taken in that draft but is now the greatest quarterback of all-time. Tom Brady is the epitome of someone who reached their full potential.
But, here’s the thing…
We were made for more than reaching our full potential as professional athletes. We were made to experience a life of unlimited potential. And until we discover this life, we will always feel like something is missing.
This is where our story comes in.
Twenty years before Tom Brady was drafted another Tom in a different sport had just been released by the San Fransisco Giants. Tom Roy’s career as a professional baseball player had come to an end, but his impact in the professional sports world had just begun.
In 1980, Tom Roy stepped out in faith and started a small ministry that was specifically focused on professional baseball players. He knew that players were ultimately searching for something greater than what the game could give them, and so, Tom wanted to help players discover that there is more to life than reaching your full potential in the game. He wanted players to discover that there is unlimited potential in a life committed to Jesus.
This was the beginning of Unlimited Potential.
Jesus said that he came to give us life and life to the full — the greater life that we are all searching for. The problem is that many of us get lured into believing that this life can be found in being successful, signing a long-term deal and becoming a celebrity. Unlimited Potential exists to help players avoid this trap and to discover the greater life that Jesus has come to give us (click here for information on how we do that).
We believe that following Jesus initiates a new life of unlimited potential.
This is the vision and mission that God gave Tom Roy over 40 years ago. And it’s been such a privilege to be used by God to help impact the lives of others. Over the last 40 years, many professional baseball players have discovered this new life of unlimited potential that we are all searching for. I can’t help but wonder how a 27-year-old Tom Brady might have been impacted by having a Tom Roy in his life.
The 2022 season is almost over and even though our access was limited due to Covid protocols, most of our staff had another good season leading chapel and team Bible Studies with our individual teams. We are praying that we will have more access to the clubhouse and players next season.
Terry and 15 other men from his Thursday Morning Group in Atlanta recently enjoyed their annual Beach Trip in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This is a group of former players, a few current players and some friends that have been meeting every Thursday morning for the last 10 years. This annual Beach Trip is a refreshing weekend of rest, play, worship and fun for the group.
Tony and Luke and the rest of the group known as the “Jac7” recently enjoyed their annual Fly Fishing Trip on the Green River in Utah. This trip began 10 years ago in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with former Kansas City Royals players, Jed Hansen and Mike Sweeney, inviting other players along with Tom Roy and Tony to help make the trip a spiritual retreat. The fishing is great, but the fellowship and time discussing God’s Word together are always the highlights of the trip.
Tyler and Colbey are settling in to their first full year in Knoxville and growing their young family in the process. Tyler and Colbey are excited to announce that they are expecting their 3rd child in April of 2023!
Tyler, Colbey, Elsie (3 yrs.) and Adeline (1 yr.) have enjoyed their first full year in Knoxville and are committed to God’s gift of being known and fully present within their local community.
What’s On Deck
Our offseason schedule starts this month with international mission trips to Germany, South Africa, Puerto Rico and Cuba. We will also be partnering with Baseball Country again for our 3rd mission trip in Greene County, Alabama. Some current and former players will be joining us as we run baseball camps for local kids each night and share personal testimonies of how Jesus has transformed their lives. We will work together in serving the community there and find time to mix in some golf as well.
All of these trips are open to any current and former baseball players so if you are interested in possibly joining us on a trip or would like some more information, feel free to reach out at email@example.com.
Here’s a few things that we’ve been reading lately…
Beginning with a phone call from Hank Aaron, Tom’s book recounts the many incredible stories that have contributed to the birth, growth, and development of Unlimited Potential.
A daily devotional that offers a very user-friendly approach to daily Bible reading and prayer. Each day includes a psalm of praise, a passage of Scripture, and a brief set of prayers.
We know prayer is important, but it can also be confusing and difficult. This great book by Timothy Keller offers instruction and guidance on how to experience more intimacy with God in prayer.
Your gracious support gives us the resources that we need to commit our lives to the work of helping professional players follow Jesus. Thank you for believing in us and for being a part of this unique mission.
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