Friday Favorites: Coming Back Stronger


If you know me, you know I have a slight obsession with the New Orleans Saints, and I am a huge fan of Drew Brees. This is quite comical to me, because my husband calls him my boyfriend, and is totally jealous of the guy. On Sundays, he will say: “hey Heather, what time does your boyfriend play?” and things of that nature. he jokes about it, but he really is jealous and doesn’t like me to talk about Drew in his presence, which makes me giggle. I like Drew because not only is he a great football player, but he is a strong Christian with great morals and a lot of integrity, which is hard to find in our Tiger Woods and Tony Parker day and age. He and his wife Brittany came to new Orleans after hurricane Katrina, while the city was still in shambles. He felt a calling to come play for the Saints and be a part of a great city and help form a great team. (I get teary eyed just thinking about it all!)

I have been reading the book he wrote after the Saints won the super bowl last year.


I think I started reading this book at just the right time in my life. Not only am I facing sports related adversity with my injuries, but also life adversity. I recently wrote this post about it, in case you missed it.  I highly recommend this book to any athlete. It has some great back story on Drew’s life as well as his two major sports injuries he had to come back from. It also talks about the city of New Orleans and a bit about hurricane Katrina. There is great wisdom in this book, and some one liner tips and quotes I really needed to hear. This is my favorite paragraph of the book so far:

“One of the most significant things I learned during that period of injury and rehab is this: if God leads you to it, He will lead you through it. Everything happens for a reason, and everything is part of His master plan. If you let adversity do it’s work in you, it will make you stronger.(emphasis mine) When you come out on the other side, you just may be amazed at the things God has allowed you to accomplish—things you might not have believed were possible.”

WOW. It’s like a breath of fresh air to me. During this time I am struggling with my injuries, I CANNOT let the adversity overpower me. I can control my attitude, and how I handle the problems I face, and if I learn all I can from the trials I am going through, it will make me stronger. I cannot help but smile!

I am not finished with the book yet, I have a couple more chapters…but I know how it turns out. Smile If Drew can have 11 anchors put in his shoulder and come back to be the super bowl MVP, then I can overcome my injuries and be a better runner than I ever thought possible.

This book is a very easy read, and it has a section in the middle of some great photos of Drew, his family, the city of New Orleans, etc. It is highly motivational and inspirational, so if you are looking for a good comeback story, go pick it up!

I am EXTREMLY sore from the workout video I did yesterday. This just proves my point that JUST running is not going to put me in the best shape of my life. I would think right now, after running a marathon, I would be in great shape. But do a 20 minutes video with some squats and lunges, and nope, I guess I’m not!

QOTD: What is your best tip for facing adversity or injury?

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  1. Sounds like a good book! And he sounds like one of the few quality celebrity role models!

    My only qualm with stories like those is that not everyone does come back from their injuries and hardships to achieve greatness. I have the same issue with all of the Lance books my husband loves. But a positive mindset can’t ever hurt!

    • I hear ya. I know I will never truly be fast according to the worlds standards, but to run injury free or set a few PR’s would sure be nice ha! I have to ahve the positive mindset or I will sit on teh couch and say screw running I am done. hearing of others successes makes me think I can do it too, so hopefully it will help me!
      so not surrpised jeff loves the lance books ha!

  2. I agree–I have a crush on him, too! It’s sad that there are so few male rolemodels in the world–glad there’s now a book about him!

    • I know. its so sad. you have all these kids looking up to these great pro athletes and then they do something stupid. its so frustrating!

  3. I love it when an athlete has no problem showing their Christianity. This book sounds like something I need to read even if I am not a big football fan. Thank you for sharing this

  4. Heather- first of all, being a Tom Brady / Patriot’s fan, I hope you continue to read anything I ever have to say! Hee hee.

    My mentor, George N. Parks, has taught me some very wonderful life lessons that I think can be valuable to anyone facing adversity or trying to better themselves. He unfortunately passed away this past fall – but to anyone else reading this who may have come into contact with him through his many national organizations – he was a special person who touched the lives of many. If anyone is interested in learning more about him – don’t be shy.

    He had his collections of “Starred Thoughts” which he told his students each year. Here are some that may pertain to your topic today:

    *Life is participation. It is not a spectator sport. Every single moment we get to exist, is our own private superbowl.
    *Positive thinking is everything. What you think is what you do.
    *Raise your left hand as high as you possibly can. Now raise it an inch higher. That’s what’s wrong with your life!
    *Dedicate to being someone who cares
    *It is never too late to be what you might have become.
    *Make sure you show support for others, before others show support for you

    Hope this wasn’t too long!

    • haha lol. I don’t know….I appreciate the fact that tom brady is a good player but the pretty boy thing I just can’t handle hehe. :oP
      those are all great quotes, thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! That quotes is amazing and just what I needed. I’m definitely feeling down about my injury, but that quote really put things in perspective. I really need to check out this book ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love love love Drew Brees and this book! I’ll be honest and say that i cried at some points reading this book! So great! So motivating!