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Give Me a Penalty, Too!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

50514_128045173922797_6062868_n.jpgTurnwater’s 2A semifinal victory included, well, a semi-confusing call for running back Ronnie Hastie.

Following a 23-yard touchdown run, Hastie knelt briefly with one hand pointed to the sky as a quick moment of thanks to God. He promptly received a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.

When interviewed later, Hastie stated, “I do that to give glory to my heavenly Father,
Jesus. He gives me the strength. He’s the one who gives me these
abilities in the first place.”

If that’s unsportsmanlike conduct, I’m hoping there will be a lot more flags like these in future games. I might even return to college just to try out for the football team in an attempt to score a touchdown and kneel in thanks to God (Of course, it really would be a miracle in my case!).

In an age where grown men often exchange punches on NFL game day despite a $25,000 fine, it’s refreshing to highlight a high school football player whose actions on the field reflect honor rather than a lack of self-control. Instead of unsportsmanlike conduct, I wish I could give him an award for his actions. At the very least, we can show some support.

To support Ronnie, you can take a moment to join the Facebook group started to support his declaration of faith. I just joined myself. At the very least, you’ll encourage a young guy who took some criticism for standing for his beliefs.

Ronnie, I’m praying for more football players like you.



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DB

posted December 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm


Somebody comment, please!



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Beau

posted December 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm


Men with this type of character are hard to find, especially in this day and age. I am, however, starting to see a revival begin to sweep across the nation amongst our youth. The high school in which I used to attend has quite an amazing story of their own. This year marked the first time our football team has ever made it to the state playoffs,and in their first game, were picked to lose by a decent margin. Last saturday they won 31-21. As a public school football team has a number of christians as its leaders who make it a point to play ever down for God. An outstanding sophmore on the team, who just so happened to set the school record for most tuchdowns in a season at our school two games ago, also lead a sermon at his church earlier this year and invited many of his teammates. I hope God conintues to work on this team and through sports teams across the country. Do it all for an audience of One!



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Beau

posted December 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm


correction: most tackles in a single season!



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DB

posted December 7, 2010 at 9:00 am


Thanks for the comment!



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Melanie

posted December 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm


I couldn’t agree more. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this video. I immediately joined the Facebook group (I actually searched for Ronnie on fb to send him a message of encouragement, couldn’t find him, but found the group instead) and saw the link to this blog. Thank you for writing! I speak to FCA groups frequently…I have a feeling I might make this video a topic of discussion in the near future. :) And thank you, Ronnie, for being a soldier. I pray for an explosion of penalties like this. Keep standing, brother.



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