We are winning. Sure we have faced trials and obstacles in the past but right now, we are winning. There is no way our opponents will stand in our way now. Our QB is doing some serious work, he has been all season and now more than ever he seems to be playing at levels we couldn’t even imagine. Before the game our Quarterback told us that he would get hurt during the game and be out for the rest of the season. We were eating and didn’t pay much mind to this because it was absurd. Some argued that he shouldn’t even joke about something like that and others began to ask, “What would be do without you on the field? You’re our leader.” Surely this wouldn’t happen, he must have been trying to make some kind of joke.
As the game progresses QB continues to light up our offense. His passes are so clean and precise. I catch myself watching him a lot and I am supposed to be focused on the game. It is tough to settle my mind though, he is such a calm player but somehow he is forceful. I notice that we have all started to mirror his intensity, we want to play just like him. It was like he had an authority about him on the field. His number 13 jersey was a powerful looking thing, he told us that the 1 represented something and so did the 3. We never fully understood what he meant by this but I suppose we all have stories behind our numbers. Sometimes I get confused why someone so talented would play for our team. I don’t want to question his motives too much though, I just know we are winning and before him we had a losing record. It’s finally here, the third quarter. This game is ours. QB pulls us into a huddle, he is no doubt eyeing the victory as well. As I get to the huddle I notice how serious QB looks, he is focused. Instead of the inspirational pep talk I anticipated, QB starts telling us that he will be injured and wouldn’t be finishing the game with us. Not this again. Our left tackle Peter gets fired up and says, “I won’t let anyone get to you! We need you,” but QB kept insisting that it is going to happen. As he finishes his last sentence in the huddle, QB stops and looks at our center, Judas and nods his head. I don’t know why, but he did. He claps his hands and we move into position. The crowd roars, but all I can hear is our QB’s voice and that’s all I need to hear. He shouts out the play that Coach had given him. Although I’m sure QB could have called the play on his own and chose the same one Coach wanted. Those two seem to always be on the same page. It’s like they are the same person.
I’m a wide receiver, I should have mentioned that but I’m not the focus of this story at all. I know that this pass is coming to me so I look at QB for confirmation, he simply smiles and the ball is snapped. I take off running and look back for a pass when something catches my eye. After QB dropped back into the pocket he just stood there calmly, like he was waiting for something. Every other player is doing their job, they don’t notice what is happening. In the same second I saw our center Judas run away from the play completely by doing this he let the other team’s middle linebacker right through our offensive line. This middle linebacker was a big guy and he had his aim focused on our QB. What was happening? Then in a thoughtless moment I see our other wide receiver Peter run and pull the linebacker’s helmet off. I could see that the linebacker was in serious pain as he fell to the ground. Following after him was the opposing team’s end tackle, he rushed over as our QB helped the linebacker put his helmet back on. Soon the end tackle was nearing our Quarterback. It was then that QB threw the ball to me then lifted his arms out to his sides. IMPACT. The end tackle rammed into our QB. The crowd that was cheering just moments ago went silent. Everyone stared as our MVP did not get up. I swear I heard a bead of my sweat hit the turf it was so quiet. What just happened?
I caught the ball as QB took the blow with outstretched arms. Everyone on our team started rushing over to our Quarterback, he had always been there for us, now we needed to be there for him. We’ve followed him so closely, he can’t be injured now. As we ran to him QB called us into a huddle formation one last time. He began to talk about our backup Quarterback. We have heard him mention this other QB before but as I have said, we didn’t fully understand a lot of what he said. We followed him despite our own dullness because we knew who he was. He was the One who would redefine the game. He went on about this second-string Quarterback. He told us that this player would, “comfort us,” and that he would know what to do. He smiled as he said, “It’s like he, Coach and I are one,” by this I assume he means that they all get along really well and they play the game in the same manner. After this QB was carried off the field, we wouldn’t be with him anymore. As he left he said that it was his time to go but this person would help us. He would finish what QB started.
Being on the field without QB created such a strong feeling of loss and confusion for us. He and Coach always wanted what was best for us, but now we had to face this battle without our Quarterback. The team began to freak out, some players ran off the field, they didn’t know what to do. Some players simply sat there with glazed eyes, unsure of what would come. As the chaos of running players and confusion continued we heard Coach’s voice. He was sending him in. The player who was supposed to comfort us in this time of trial was coming into sight as he ran out of the tunnel. We had never seen him before because we didn’t need a backup, we had our star QB. As he came onto the field, I dropped to my knees. I felt this peace come over me. The players that ran away slowly started walking back. We all stared at this backup, there was something about him, something we had seen before but it was just a little different. He didn’t say a word. He just walked over to us and picked up the ball that I had carried over to QB before he left. After retrieving the ball he got into position. I heard Coach once more, he called out a play none of us knew. But this second-string QB seemed like he knew it. I can’t explain why but our whole team began to pick up pace the second this second QB stepped into position. I stood up and returned to my place as well. The walking players began running to their positions and we all had some kind of fire within us. Mary, one of our cheerleaders began to cheer and shout. Next John, our guard began to jump and he too shouted. Next The whole team erupted. I began exclaiming too. Before I knew it, I was overtaken. Everyone who was on or supporting our team made the ground shake with their voices. All kinds of things were being said, some sounded like other languages. Whatever they were saying it made us all determined to keep going. This backup did what QB promised us, he comforted us. But something told me that this wasn’t the only thing he was going to do.
At this point we were ready for game time. Our opponents returned to their spots without any excitement. The ball was snapped and this Quarterback, our second Quarterback did something we have never seen. QB always threw the ball and we followed his lead, but this move that our second string QB did was different. It was like he wanted to work this play through us. It was like he wanted to carry out what QB started. After the snap he handed the ball off to our running back James. With this, James ran. He ran and kept running. No one could stop him. This new fire within us took over. With the leadings of Coach and our back up we won the game. It wasn’t a close win either. We blew our opponents out of the water. The crowd was insane. I saw fans from the other team begin to cheer for us and walk over and join the “Home” section of bleachers. No one could believe what just happened.
Amid this victory I realized something. QB redeemed us from our losing streak and our second-string QB worked through us, it was amazing. I can’t tell you how long this cheering went on, it was out of control joy and excitement. All of us players huddled up and gave all of the glory from the win to coach and both QBs. As we walked off the field we heard the coach say something, he said QB was coming back soon. He simply looked at us in the eye and said,
“Be ready. I’m telling you the truth, QB is coming back.”