A sportswriter friend long ago made the casual comment that “It’s all about the quarterback.”
I would add, it is always about the quarterback, in Denver, regardless of who he is, and all the more so if he is a big time player.
While still in the very early stages of his career, Jay Cutler certainly has demonstrated at every opportunity that he is going to be a very big time player for the Denver Broncos and in the National Football League, and he is a big time person as well.
The world at large is still getting to know Jay Cutler, but as it does so people will find what a fine individual and leader he is.
The latest and forevermore most obvious dynamic at play here is the quarterback’s recent diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.
Like anything else in life, it is all in how one handles what comes his way, and Jay Cutler is going to not only handle it very well for himself, which is most important, and for the Broncos, which is professionally important to Cutler and of monumental importance to the leagion of fans who inhabit Broncos Country, but he also is going to take a big step forward as national represenative and spokesman for this those who work with this disease.
He did not ask for this role but he has it.
And he is going to do a great job as a very public face, which he will always be anyway as the Broncos’ QB, but even more so on the national level due to how he handles himself in the management of his condition.
There are so many people to be taught, educated, influenced, all in a potentially positive way, regarding the disease and its control, and just coming to the realization that not only can it be controlled, but that the individual who has it can not just function but thrive.
When the crown of spokesmanship is placed upon one’s head, it is impossible to remove.
Jay certainly asked for his assignment as the Broncos’ quarterback, and then quickly developed into one of the team leaders.
But that is all about football.
This is all about life, which even the most ardent Bronco fan would have to admit is a far bigger thing.
As great as his influence is going to be on the Bronco team, even greater will Jay Cutler’s positive influence be on legions of young Americans who will learn valuable lessons about the handling of life from this young gentleman.
What greater role can one have in society than to positively influence young people?
Again, he did not ask for the role, but the graceful and professional handling of something which is suddenly thrust upon an individual is very often the measure of a man.
And Jay Cutler will measure up very well.