Although I consider myself to be a huge football fan, I was an even bigger one during my high school years. Living in an Atlanta suburb during those years, the Atlanta Falcons were my favorite team, and their star quarterback was Steve Bartkowski. His skils and leadership at quarterback helped turn the team around, led the Falcons up from the conference cellar, and made us all proud to be Falcons fans.
The first overall selection in the 1975 NFL draft, Steve Bartkowski was also voted the 1975 NFL Rookie of the Year, and spent the first 11 seasons of his career etching his name in the Falcons' history books. He led the NFL in passer rating in 1983, and became one of only six quarterbacks in league history to post consecutive 30-touchdown passing seasons. He also led Atlanta to divisional championships in 1980 and 1982, setting several franchise records in the process.
A lot of time has passed since. In June 2005, then 53-year-old Bartkowski was at a backyard barbecue when a friend mentioned he didn’t look well. Bartkowski explained that he had not been himself lately and that he had noticed some blood in his stool.
Here's what happened next -
As Steve has shown both professionally and personally, a "passing" game won't always win it for you. To succeed, every once and a while you're going to have to clear a hole, and run it up the middle. Don't wait until the fourth quarter to make your comeback, win the game before the second-half even starts. Enough football ANALogies? How about this then -
Take Steve's advice. Schedule your colonoscopy earlier in life. Early detection saves lives.