To Tim Brown, the Heisman Trophy and the Hall of Fame induction are just means to the end of speaking to men and women about what it means to be an authentic person whose life is in line with God’s plan for them.Brown, a former Notre Dame football player and NFL receiver, gave the keynote lecture of “StaND Against Hate Week” titled “The Making of a Man” on Tuesday evening in DeBartolo Hall. He spoke about his own life and the lessons it taught him about manhood, faith and parenting.Wei Lin | The Observer “I want nothing more than for men to understand what God wants for them,” he said. “That’s why I wrote my book, and that’s why we talk about the things we talk about.”Brown said he used to undertake his morning routine without turning the lights on because he could not face himself in the mirror. Now, because of a series of epiphanies that occurred over the events of his life, he can hold his head high.“There is no way that you can be your authentic self, in my opinion, without God being involved in your life,” Brown said. “We may be educated, but I know a lot of educated people without God in their lives who are out there making some stupid decisions.”Brown said role models play an integral role in the formation of young people and can influence how they interact with other people for the rest of their lives.“I can tell just as clear as day after speaking with young men for two or three minutes who has good role models in their lives,” Brown said.“As men, we have to understand that our kids are watching,” he said. “My son will tell you now that he was watching me when he was eight years old. He was waiting for me to say something I wasn’t supposed to say or do, something that would set a bad example, and I never did.”Brown said part of the reason he takes speaking opportunities is he wants as many people as possible to hold him accountable for his actions.“Sometimes we don’t want people in our lives telling us what to do because we think we have it all, and we think we know it all,” he said. “But you have to have people on this earth that you can lock into. You have to surround yourself with good people who will hold you accountable.”Brown said he would not have achieved all he has if it were not for former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz and his belief in Brown both as an athlete and as a man.“It wasn’t like he was patting me on the back the whole time and telling me I was okay,” Brown said. “There was a lot of criticism, but with criticism comes correction.”Brown said parents should stand up for their kids when being attacked or scrutinized unfairly, but they should also be willing to let them take responsibility when they make mistakes.“When I see these fathers take up for their kids when their kids are obviously wrong, I can tell that’s going to be a problem,” he said. “We’ve seen it in college sports, and we’ve seen it in professional sports.”Brown said young people have the world at their fingertips, but the current state of the world makes it difficult to avoid temptation and make the correct decision.“If you don’t go to church, go to church. Mom and dad can’t come to college with you or go to the NFL with you,” he said. “At some point, you’re going to need a conscience in your head telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing.“The only type of conscience that can provide that is a godly conscience, but if you’ve never heard it, and you don’t know anything about it, then it won’t be there for you when you need it.” Tags: StaND Against Hate Week, Tim Brown
Press Association Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will have no problem making room for his stellar cast of new arrivals. Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, Sam Johnstone, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, James Wilson and Reece James completed the list. The good news for United fans is that Luke Shaw is available to make his first appearance for the Red Devils since his £28million move from Southampton. The England left-back may be introduced off the bench though. “Shaw is fit enough to play minutes but not the whole game. There is a difference,” Van Gaal said. After breaking the British transfer record two weeks ago, United fans turned up at Turf Moor with Argentina flags to greet £59.7million signing Di Maria. The arrival of Falcao has only served to heighten the excitement among the United support, who are desperate for their team to finally record their first win under Van Gaal. Van Gaal has warned it will take time for the Colombian and his fellow new signings to adapt to English football, though. “What the fans expect and what I expect are different opinions,” Van Gaal said. “The fans shall expect a new start, of course, with these kind of players to fit (in) but I know as a trainer-coach, when you let 14 players go and buy six new players, you have 20 different relationships in the dressing room. “The hierarchy has gone. Now we have to build up a new hierarchy and that always needs time. I’m sorry for that but it’s like that.” Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward made his expectations clear this week when he said, in a conference call with investors, that the club had budgeted for a top-three finish. Despite picking up two points from nine in the league, and suffering a humbling Capital One Cup thrashing at MK Dons, Van Gaal is optimistic he can reach that goal. “I don’t think it’s an unreasonable target,” Van Gaal said. “That it shall be difficult? That is another question but a club such as Manchester United has to always have a target. “Within the top three, I think is logical perhaps because Manchester United wants to be in the Champions League.” Van Gaal is looking to finally, at the fifth time of asking, record his first win as United boss this Sunday when QPR come to Old Trafford. Van Gaal is expected to hand Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo their debuts while Angel di Maria should make his first appearance at Old Trafford alongside £29million summer signing Ander Herrera. How, exactly, Van Gaal plans to fit £150million-worth of talent into his first-team has been the subject of much debate since Falcao jetted into Manchester on deadline day to seal the most eye-catching move of the window. But Van Gaal, who may have to drop the likes of Juan Mata and Robin van Persie at times this year, is not fazed by the prospect of trying to fit all his stars into his team. “I don’t have any worries about that because I have done that already – for more than 25 years,” said Van Gaal when asked how he would “accommodate” his six new signings. “I’m a coach who always decides what he sees and has observed and then decides.” Van Gaal, who said the club had done “very good” in the window, has seen his selections worries ease due to a host of injuries. Such is the injury crisis at United that Van Gaal has had to make a list of all his unavailable players to keep track. He produced that list at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon. Peering through the lenses of his thick-rimmed reading glasses, which he produced from his pocket alongside the list, Van Gaal revealed he was without nine players for Sunday’s game. Phil Jones would be out for between three weeks and a month with a torn hamstring, said Van Gaal, who also revealed Marouane Fellaini is out for at least a month due to his ankle injury.
Croatia’s main man Luka Modric revelled in his team’s 2-0 win over Nigeria in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener on Saturday but said Argentina are going to be difficult.Modric scored a penalty to help Croatia beat Nigeria and turned up the heat on Argentina, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier on the day.While Modric converted a penalty, Lionel Messi missed his chance and with Argentina being subjected to a shock result, Modrid feels they will be under pressure.”They (Argentina) have quality but this win will boost our confidence and I hope we can play well against them,” Modric, who excelled in his role as a playmaker, told reporters.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”It is going to be a difficult match. Maybe against the favourites in our group… but they will have to play for a win because of the scoreline today that they never expected.”Modric scored a second half penalty to secure the win after Croatia went ahead through a first half own goal by Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo. The result left the European side top of the group ahead of Iceland and Argentina, whom they face in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric does what Messi could not as European nations shineAsked if he was nervous before his own spot kick, man-of-the-match Modric said: “I wasn’t… I was focused on scoring. Thank God that I scored. Nothing more to say about that really.”Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic shrugged off the fact that both the team’s scoring opportunities resulted from set pieces.advertisement”A win is a win. Corners and penalties are part of football,” he said.Also read – World Cup 2018, Day 3 Highlights: Penalties, Messi flop show and VAR”What is important is that you score. There was luck there but we earned it. We want to be more attacking but we are not going to split hairs about how we scored.”There’s still much work to be done to emerge from the group but these three points are extremely important. We can’t let our guard down. Nothing is over. We have to now think of Argentina.”(With Reuters inputs)