If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
Everyone needs a
friend like Troy Aikman. On Wednesday, July 10, the
Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl quarterback walked into
the Frank Crowley Courts Building to attend Michael
Irvins drug trial. Aikman creates a stir
wherever he goes. Surrounded by security personnel as
he left the court, Aikman told reporters,
The reason Im here today is to
support a friend whos in need. Im here
much like Michaels family members are here, and
not to try to influence this jury in anyway.
While in the courtroom, Aikman took a seat with
Irvins sister and other relatives (Dallas
Morning News, July 11, 1996, 25A).
Michael Irvin needs a
friend today. His trial ended when he pled
no contest to the charges against
him. Judge Manny Alvarez fined the Cowboys star
receiver $10,000, placed him on probation and ordered
him to serve 800 hours in community service work. The
next day Irvin called a press conference at Valley
Ranch. Appearing with his wife, children and other
family members, Irvin apologized for his behavior.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is expected to
suspend Irvin for at least a portion of the 1996
season. Irvin did not report to the Cowboys
training camp when it opened last week. Instead, he
retreated to his home in Florida to confer with his
family about his life and future.
Michael needed a friend.
Troy showed up. No doubt Irvin would do the same for
Aikman. As a matter of fact, he did during the 1995
season. After then assistant coach John Blake accused
Aikman of being a racist, Irvin refuted the charge
and called his teammates to rally around his friend.
No matter what your
opinion of Irvin or Aikman, you must admit friends
count. We all need friends. Not just acquaintances or
associates, but true friends. Consider the following
profile of a true friend:
- A friend stands with you no matter what your
situation, need or dilemma. In times of
difficulty fair weather
friends tend to disappear, but not real
friends. A real friend responds to your need
- A friend confronts your failures with
honesty, understanding, accountability and
wise counsel. Real friends wont let you
off the hook when you blow it. They will
challenge you about your mistakes and lapses
in integrity even as they go on loving you.
- A real friend will help you get moving in the
right direction again. When you fall down, a
real friend will help you up and urge you to
- Real friends encourage personal growth,
maturity and development. A friend expects
the best of you while praying the best for
you. A true friend will throw a party when
you succeed and help you discern the
potential value in every failure.
Life can be tough.
Mistakes carry consequences. No one can
go it alone. We all need a friend.
Just ask Michael and Troy.
A friend loves at all times, and a
brother is born for adversity
A man of many
companions may come to ruin, but there is a
friend who sticks closer than a brother
one falls down, his friend can help him up. But
pity the man who falls and has no one to help him
up! Proverbs 17:17;
18:24; Ecclesiastes 4:10