Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys recently sustained a back injury on the field, but that didn’t stop him from honoring a commitment he made to speak to a group of high school students in Texas.
Romo is a member of The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX, and was asked to speak to its high school Bible study class. The high school minister of The Village Church, Chris Groover, called Romo “a standup guy” for following through on the speaking engagement which fell so soon after his injury.
Not only did Romo speak to the students about faith and God, he also spoke about his injury for the first time in public. As a news report by NBCDFW says, Romo used his injury to drive home the point of his message. His main theme centered around the fact that “football isn’t everything” and it shouldn’t define a person. Instead, as Groover paraphrased, “The Lord defines who he is.”
Romo was injured during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. An ESPN report says the Cowboys have announced Romo suffered a compression fracture to one of his vertebra. Things are a little uncertain for Romo at this point as the injury typically takes six to ten weeks to heal.
There were about 300 kids in attendance the night Romo spoke, which is about twice as many students as the leaders normally expect.
Romo’s message “definitely resonated” with high school senior Kendall Landorf, who was wearing a sling due to a recently dislocated shoulder. Landorf could relate all too well to Romo’s current plight. Speaking of injury, she said, “You begin to just question your faith and just question the Lord’s goodness.” The message Romo shared certainly helped her.
Of course it’s to be expected that some teens simply came to see Romo and not necessarily to study the Bible, but it sounds like he used the platform well to speak of the need to find your identity in God and nothing else—not even professional football.