Baltimore Ravens Tight End and former University of Georgia football player Benjamin Watson (#82) took to social media on Sunday to detail his former college coach Mark Richt’s motto “Finish the Drill,” suggesting that “Jesus is our ultimate example of what it means to finish.”
“Jesus is our ultimate example of what it means to finish,” Benjamin Watson wrote on his Facebook page. “Before he gave up His spirit on the cross, He uttered, ‘It is Finished.’ Jesus came to finish Gods [sic] awesome plan of salvation. He came to pay the penalty for our sins. He glorified the Father by completing the work He was given. Because he [sic] finished we can become new creations and live in freedom from the bondage that sin has on our lives. We can live life abundantly with no condemnation and spend eternity with Him because He finished!”
University of Miami coach Mark Richt formerly coached the University of Georgia football program for 15 years, leading the Bulldogs to a 145-51 record, with an 85-40 mark in SEC play. Richt’s current team the Miami Hurricanes sit at number three in the College Football Playoff rankings at 9-0 on the season.
According to Watson, Richt was introduced as the Bulldogs new head football coach in 2001, and as coach, one of the first things he did was implement a new motto.
“The words ‘Finish the Drill’ became the heartbeat of Georgia Football. They were on t-shirts and posters; they even put them on the locker room walls. To become a great team, Coach Richt knew that we needed to finish everything we did. Finishing is what separates good from great. Anyone can do just what is required of them, but the best, finish everything they do with effort and excellence. In the classroom, in the weight room and on the field everything we did was predicated on Finishing the Drill. From 5:45 am winter workouts to stifling two a days to the fourth quarters in the regular season, the words ‘Finish the Drill’ (or FTD for short) reminded us to always strive for the perfection that would one day lead to a championship.”
The “Finish the Drill” concept is not a new one, admits Watson. It’s something that can be found throughout Scripture.
“At the end of his life, alone and in a Roman prison, the apostle Paul inked these words to his young, disciple in the faith, Timothy; ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ Paul would leave this world confident that he would receive the crown of righteousness the Lord has promised those who are faithful to Him. He wasn’t perfect or sinless but he ran the course God had laid before him with excellence. Thus he felt victorious when facing death. Because of his faithfulness to Christ, Paul eagerly awaited being in the presence of his Savior and Lord.”
The 14-year NFL veteran then went on to explain his hope for his life, suggesting that he too would like to say that he “finished the drill,” that he “fought the good fight,” and that he “kept the faith.”
Watson hopes that he “finished as a husband, a father, a teammate, and a friend,” and admits that “[w]e have to take an honest assessment of our lives.”
“[C]an we say that we have wholeheartedly run the race God has laid before us; that we have been obedient to His call on our lives?” Watson asked. “Our time on this earth is a blessing from God and he expects us to be good stewards of the time we have. There is no greater purpose in life than to know God and to make Him known. There is no better way to do this then to finish the works he has given us to do.”
In closing, the former Bulldog referenced several Scripture verses: 2 Timothy 4:7, 8; John 19:28-37.
According to BibleGateway, 2 Timothy 4:7, 8 (NIV) reads as follows:
“7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
John 19:28-37 (NIV) on BibleGateway says the following:
“28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
“31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken,’ 37 and, as another scripture says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced.’”