The culture that is instilled and nurtured within the Clemson Football program is able to spread throughout the NFL (and everywhere else in the world) because it is a living thing and is backed and supported by The living thing…Christ.
Deshaun Watson is a student of that culture and continues to study and do the work of that culture because it lives in him.
Christ lives in Deshaun. Christ was instilled in Deshaun probably before he was born. Christ has been kept involved in Deshaun’s life through the love of Deshaun’s mother and the coaching of Dabo Swinney. Christ is invited, welcomed, and received in all aspects of the Clemson Football program and is recognized and acknowledged at each step of the way. Christ spreads through the Clemson Nation.
If I have any sway, I will keep Christ involved in Dashaun’s life and the Clemson program through my prayers because that’s how it is done.
By the way, another word used for this presence is Love. It is spread and emmanates through the love shared among the players and coaches and in the way the young men are taught, advised, and coached along. In truth, this Love is The Reason for the coaching, in the first place.
The battles and challenges in life are for spiritual growth; it is for all of us. Young men can learn this and can face these battles on the streets…or they can make this spiritual journey on the football field. I’ll take pads and helmets and the risk of injury over guns and drugs with the risk of so much worse, any day.
This is what the Clemson Culture is about: winning the game.
In that winning, these young men win the battles and challenges that strengthen their souls, hone their skills in facing obstacles and hardships, and clarify their vision and practice of Fierce Love.
The love instilled and nurtured in these young men might look soft at times…like in the gentle and tender way Deshaun gave his income to the cafeteria workers, but make no mistake: The Love of the Clemson Culture is Fierce…and that is the nature of the love which is required in our world today.