Standing straight, tall, and imposing, Dallas Cowboys and TCU legend Bob Lilly looked like he could still mow through an offensive lineman and sack a quarterback at the age of 80.
“Mr. Cowboy” headlined the second annual Mission In the Marketplace seminar last night at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
The evening began with an inspiring presentation from “Dr. V”, Dr. Veronica Cochran, a pastor at Encounter Church in Fort Worth, and CEO of the Association of Administrative Professionals. Her message focused on leadership and especially those leaders who “Dispense hope and are willing to offer themselves to make it a reality.”
Chad Hennings, three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys and US Air Force fighter pilot, followed Dr. V and shared touching memories about how he realized the need for a relationship with God when he “found the end of myself”. Chad and his Wingmen Ministries have taken his message of character and leadership around the world.
Sporting his deep maroon sports coat, a symbol of his selection to the NFL 100 Greatest Players of All Time, Mr. Lilly told of his upbringing in Olney, Texas, his family’s move to Oregon, and his good fortune—and exceptional defensive skills—that brought him back to Texas to be a two-time All-Southwest Conference star and a consensus All-America choice at Texas Christian University.
Interviewed by award-winning broadcast journalist Scott Murray, Mr. Lilly guided the appreciative Mission In the Marketplace attendees through his selection as the first-ever draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, the “Doomsday Defense”, and his 14 seasons playing on “America’s Team”.
Woven throughout his interview were many examples when his faith in Jesus and his relationship with God helped him “enjoy the wins more, and tolerate the losses better”.
Special thanks go out to Kyle Austin and the WC Men, and all the men and women at White’s Chapel UMC who put on this event. Thanks to Traci Bernard with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake, and Ian MacLean with Highland Landscaping, and all of the sponsors for making Mission In the Marketplace a reality.
This year’s theme was taken from Philemon 1:6. “I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.”