How Philip Rivers handles embarrassment

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers joined Pastor Miles McPherson on stage at Rock Church to discuss faith, family, and overcoming obstacles in life.

In a Monday Night Football game in 2011, the Chargers were within field goal range, tied 20-20 with the Kansas City Chiefs when Rivers and center Nick Hardwick fumbled the snap. The game went into overtime, where the Chiefs won with a field goal.

“People see celebrities and they think everything is fine,” said Miles. “They don’t know the backstory. And even when they see something going on on TV, they don’t know what’s going on in here and in here,” he added, motioning to his heart and his head, respectively.

After the fumble, ESPN cameras captured Rivers saying, “Worst day ever,” on the sidelines. “I’m still sick about it a little bit…” he said at Rock Church. “It’s embarrassing, miserable, and you’ve lost the game and you really have no explanation for it.”

But sometimes, the moments of deepest pain and embarrassment can fuel our greatest growth. “But from that, really, came, for me, great growth in my faith.”

Luke 12:25-28 says, “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Fortunately, the face of the Chargers franchise didn’t let that play get him down. Instead of letting it haunt him, he decided to move on. “Yeah, why am I gonna worry about something that may not even happen?, and that you know God’s grace will meet you there if it does happen – to get you through it.”


Remember a time when you were completely embarrassed or humiliated. Do you take excessive precautions to prevent that from happening again? Give that worry and anxiety to God, and ask Him to free you from it.


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