Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: We Are Marshall

we-are-marshallsCoach Jack Lengyel has less than six months to rebuild the football program at Marshall University for the 1971 season. On November 14, 1970, a charter plane carrying the coaching staff and most of the team crashed, killing all on board. If Coach Lengyel succeeds in fielding a football team, he will do more than save the season, he will bring hope to a mourning community.

On the morning of their first game, Coach Lengyel delivers a speech to his team. It’s a challenge for all of us as we seek to build hope in the face of adversity.

“When you take that field today you have to lay that heart on the line, men. From the soles of your feet, with every ounce of blood you’ve got in your body, you’ve got to lay it on the line until that final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose.”

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