We just relearned the difference between want and need.
We just relearned the difference between want and need. How much time do we spend saying, 'We need this, we need this' and get bent out of shape? Now we've got nothing, and yet we have everything we need. We've got my wife and son and food and shelter. We feel fortunate to have that because many people don't.
I wept this morning thinking about our city. I was thinking about the families and children who drowned in their homes. It's a sad thing but we see an opportunity to do a greater good than has ever been done.
The Gator Nation is stepping forward in an incredible way. 'How can we help?' are the four biggest words I've heard in the last week.
More than eight years ago, I walked off that turf at the Superdome with a national championship, ... Now, as I look at the tattered dome, it symbolizes the devastation to my home, my city and my ministry.
Then a young girl came out of one of these condemned buildings carrying an old doll, ... And I realized she lived there. I was shocked that somebody could actually live in a place like that.
Don't worry about me and my family, ... We've lost everything, but we need nothing. If you want to help me, then help me help others.
We don't know what the damage is, per se. We don't know if its salvageable or not. But while the building is damaged, our spirit is strong.
You know, that's a real complex question and people have been arguing that question for a long time.
There are natural disasters, the worst part of humanity has come in the city in the aftermath, yet I believe in all that somehow God is doing things that inevitably will be good.
Romans 8:28, it says, 'We know that all things work together for good.' All things aren't good, but all things can work together for good and part of my faith reminds me that this is not my ultimate home and things will not be ideal here, but we have the opportunity to do a lot of good.
Our ministry's mission is to revitalize the Desire neighborhood. It was once ranked the worst neighborhood in the country. We may have an opportunity to rebuild it in the way everyone would want it to be.
In particular, the Gator Nation is stepping forward in an incredible way. It's just incredible to see the support from the Gator Nation. ?How can we help?' Those are the biggest words I've heard in the last week.
We've got nothing, but we have everything we need. I've got my wife, my son. We've got food and shelter, and we feel fortunate to have that because many people don't.
Earlier in my life, I would've tried to bury my emotions. Now I wake up at 5 or 5:30 in the morning and find myself weeping for my city.
It's a hard thing to have a school with no home. For me, what could be a better scenario than to be able to serve kids from New Orleans and be back in my hometown? I really wonder if I'm going to wake up and this will be just a dream.
One morning I woke up ... it was 5:30 a.m. and I was just weeping for our city and for the people they haven't found. I don't know that I've been angry. I've been very sad.
If using my name to get Desire Street in the door so people will listen is my God-given purpose, then so be it.
I never would have guessed 15 years ago that anything like this could have happened. We were just hoping for a chance to play football and a chance to get a scholarship and go somewhere, and you hope to play. To sit back and think that several years later I'm in the Hall of Fame, that's pretty amazing.