Did I Play for the Dallas Cowboys?
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2005 Mar 02
This morning Marlene and I were eating breakfast in the Dining Room at Word of Life Florida when a gentleman approached my table with a question: "Did you play football?" "No." "I thought you played football for the Dallas Cowboys." He was totally serious. No, I never played for the Cowboys. He said he thought I played football so he Googled "Ray Pritchard" and "Dallas Cowboys" and up popped a quote from Tom Landry saying, "He slept a lot," presumably referring to me. Well, it's true that in my life I've slept a lot, which means I must have slept through a bunch of team meetings and practices, and by the way, if I played for the Cowboys, where's my Super Bowl ring? But the gentleman was insistent that he had seen it on Google even when I told him I had never played professional football. (I never made it past sandlot football.) Just a moment ago I Googled "Ray Pritchard" and "Dallas Cowboys," and the man was right. There's a quote from Tom Landry that says, "He slept well at night." But he wasn't talking about me. He was talking about himself. It came from this column I wrote a few months ago. All in all, I was very pleased that anyone would think I played for the Cowboys and I'm glad the gentleman asked the question. It was the high point of my professional football career.
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