In the 1929 Rose Bowl, Georgia Tech went against UCLA. It was a terrific football game. A player for UCLA by the name of Roy Riegels recovered a fumble in the first half of play and raced for the goal line. The only problem was he went the wrong way. Fortunately, one of his teammates tackled him just short of the goal or he would have scored a safety for the opposing team. As a result, he put his team in such a precarious position that it led to a safety by the other team and that turned out to be the margin of victory for Georgia Tech.
When half time came, Roy Riegels and the rest of his team went into the locker
room. It was more like a tomb. The coach didn't say anything until about two or
three minutes before the half-time ended when he said, "Go back out, fight
hard." Then he went on to say, "The same ones who started the game
will start the second half." Roy Riegels was sitting over in the corner of
the locker room crying. He knew what had happened. The players went out, the
coach looked back and there was Riegels. He said, "Come on, that includes
you. You heard what I said. Those who started the first half will start the
Riegels said, "I can't, coach. I've embarrassed you. I've embarrassed our
team. I've embarrassed myself. I can't go out there and face all those people.
I can't do it." Coach Price looked at him and said, "Riegels, the
game is only halfover. Get out there and get going." Roy got up and played
the game of his life. They never saw such a football player that second half
Roy Riegels got a second chance.
Illustration from: Steven Lombardo, "God of the Second Chance," Bethlehem Evangelical
Lutheran Church, Morris, Illinois