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True sportsmanship

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Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies…” Matthew 5:43

Whoever said bitter rivals couldn’t still care about one another?

This is something that comes up in sports all the time, especially at the college football with schools like Auburn and Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma, USC and Notre Dame.

The Michigan and Ohio State rivalry is definitely one of the biggest. Leading up to their games, there is always a ton of smack talking by players and fans alike. This past weekend when the Wolverines faced the Buckeyes, the young Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett went down with an injury, that we now know is a fractured ankle. As Barrett laid on the field, something happened that is so rare in NCAA Division 1 football, and even more rare for opponents of such a high magnitude as Michigan and Ohio State: Devin Gardner, the Michigan quarterback and a senior knelt beside Barrett, the freshman Ohio State quarterback, and consoled him.

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In a culture that has told players to hate their biggest rivals and be threatened by a younger player experiencing great success at the same position, Gardner put that aside and chose love.