ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP)--Scott Pospisil knew it years ago.
could see something unique in his
wife, Linda, looked at each other.
"Ross has gone far beyond what I've ever done," said Scott, a longtime pastor.
Navy's defensive team captain, Pospisil is nearing the end of a fantastic football career.
During his three years playing for Navy, he has led the team in tackles the last two seasons and helped the Midshipmen (9-4) extend their school-record stretch of Commander-in-Chief Trophies (awarded to the team with the best record between the service academies) and bowl berths to seven apiece.
has also enjoyed two wins over Notre Dame
, both in South Bend.
On New Year's Eve, Navy faces Missouri (8-4) in the Texas Bowl in Houston.
But Pospisil's legacy at the venerable service academy in Annapolis, Md., goes far beyond wins, losses and defensive statistics.
is a servant-leader poster child not only for the Brigade of Midshipmen, but also for his
deep Christian faith.
For the last two years, Pospisil
has organized a toy drive for needy families in Annapolis.
And despite his grueling academy schedule, he has also found time for other community outreach events like cleaning at the Baltimore Zoo for a day, helping families with yard work, assisting a local church's clothing drive, working at a food kitchen, sharing his faith at a boy's camp and serving as a Special Olympics escort.
Last summer, he
earned one of 106 nominations nationwide for the American Football Coaches Association
Good Works Team.
"Service is one of the greatest joys in life when you get a group together to serve others and fulfill a need," said Pospisil
, who placed his
faith in Christ at age 6 and currently attends non-denominational Mariner's Church in Annapolis.
"Community service and outreach has always been a focal point of my family.
I've seen that that's what really life is all about.
We're expressing our love for Christ through our love for others."
has a powerful serving paradigm in his
Scott, an assistant pastor at First Baptist Church of Boerne, Texas, trains leaders for adult ministries, while Linda is the church's women's coordinator.
vividly recalls the sight of Ross holding the hand of a special-needs boy.
"That's just Ross," Scott
has poured himself into football in similar ways.
After not receiving any college scholarship offers despite a strong prep career, he
decided to follow the pull in his
heart toward the military.
For years, he
had been affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and his
family's rich military pedigree.
maternal grandfather was a 1957 graduate of the academy, while his
paternal grandfather served on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier in the mid-1950s.
has started to have an influence on some younger guys and wants to be with them another year to disciple and encourage them," Scott Pospisil
"It's a God thing once again.
really wants to see the guys he
has discipled to become reproducers themselves."
This week is bittersweet for Pospisil
has played football for half his
life, and now it's about to end.
True to form, he
isn't processing any of this without Scripture.
talked about his
quoted 1 Corinthians 9, where Paul talks about life as a race, and James 1, which talks about the benefits of trials.
"These times are preparing me for something different in the future," Pospisil