I had the privilege of snapping this photo of Jim Tressel in a shoot back in 2008 while helping put together posters, websites, and other promotional products for The Main Event (a Christian event at OSU where he and a few key players shared their faith with a packed arena). Some of my friends know him much better than I do, and their respect for him says quite a bit to me. His book, The Winner’s Manual, wasn’t a lie. He’s a man that deserves quite a bit of respect, and will always get that from me.
After watching the media turn his life upside down, here are the questions I have after all that’s went down in town the past few days:
- Why was he pushed to resign before being given the chance to be disciplined by the university or NCAA officials in a few months? Why not teach him a lesson by placing him on probation for a year, rather than kicking him out? Reminds me of Christian schools expelling high school students for being caught with a beer.
- Do we expect the sports icons in America to live a faultless life, especially if they’re a professed Christian?
- Shouldn’t we teach the youth of this country to start respecting and admiring athletes that aren’t just talented or that get a side job to pay for their rent or other bills while at school?
- What kind of position are these players’ parents putting them in by letting them think their athletic career is more important than their work ethics or future beyond sports?
- Is sports really this important? Is its entertainment value really that high?
I thank God that Jim Tressel is a man of genuine faith. You might think he should be walking the walk he talks about, but if you were put under the microscope he’s under at the moment, I’m sure your filth would look pretty bad too. I sure was looking forward to Beamer vs. Tressel in 2013 here in Columbus, but I’ll continue praying for the future of this great man. This isn’t going to stop him from impacting others in the coming days, I’m sure of that!