“You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.” – Peyton Manning
When your defining moment arises, will you perform?
Goal line, seconds remaining.
Can you tell me what happened at the end of the first quarter of 2015’s Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Patriots?
If I ask you to recall the goal line play with seconds remaining on the clock, and Seahawks ready to win the game, could you now tell me what happened?
This questionable play will forever be etched in our minds, leaving a sour taste in Seahawks fans’ mouths, and screaming celebration for the Patriots’ base.
I don’t remember Wilson’s 2nd quarter incompletion, but I’ll forever recall his last second interception.
Kyrie over Curry.
In a record breaking seven game series against the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland proved that history isn’t defined by the first 6 games, 47 minutes, and 7 seconds.
Defying all the odds, the Cavaliers came back from a 1-3 deficit to push the championship series to a seventh game. As hard as they worked to make this comeback possible, it would’ve been for not, if it wasn’t for a fearless three pointer made by Kyrie Irving over Steph Curry.
Both teams battled, relentlessly, to take home the title, yet the shot that sealed the deal was made with :53 left in the 4th quarter.
Last two minutes.
Remember Eli Manning’s miracle hail mary to David Tyree in the 2008 Super Bowl against the Patriots, pinning the ball to his helmet, ruining New England’s run at a perfect season?
Most recall that completion, but forget the Patriots’ Asante Samuel’s missed interception the series prior, which would’ve given them the win. Again, 4th quarter opportunity – this one, missed.
Push-off or not, he made his living in the 4th.
This blog post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the 1998 game-winning jumper from Michael Jordan over the Utah Jazz, winning his 6th NBA ring.
MJ knew the 4th quarter is where the men separated from the boys, and champions differentiated themselves from the men.
Are you ready?
Legends are born in the brief moments leading to :00 on the clock. Yes, each minute of the game matters, but history is made in those defining seconds where preparation aligns with mental calm and personal belief.