Nearly two weeks ago, I witnessed what was probably the most amazing catch I've ever seen in football. It was the epitome of playing to the whistle. Of never giving up. Of basically willing the catch to be complete. In the age of DVR, it was the kind of catch that demands to be instantly rewound and watched again.
It was just incredible.
And thanks to YouTube, you don't just have to take my word for it. Take a look for yourself.
This is the kind of catch that wins games and is forever etched in the annals of history.
Less than a minute later, there would be an interception that would again change the course of the game and become the talking point of Monday Morning Quarterbacks for ages to come.
In less than a minute, this play went from being "one for the ages" to that "awesome play that happened a minute ago that doesn't matter all that much anymore".
But it *did* happen. Jermaine Kearse made the play of his career, and we were all beside ourselves with a mixture of disbelief and joy (or despair if you were rooting for the other team).
I couldn't help but think of the Paradoxical Commandments: "The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway."
What if your awesome catch is only the headline for 30 seconds? Would you make it anyway?
Because you should.
No one knows what the future holds. So make that catch. Do good anyway.
You never know. While history might take an extra second to remember it, playing to the whistle is worth it.
Good, bad, or ugly. Remembered or instantly overshadowed. Whether it's good for 30 seconds or 30 years. Do good anyway.
It's a beautiful play. And it might just make all the difference in the world.