HAGERSTOWN—Lee Rouson knows all about what hundreds of college football players are going through this weekend while hoping to get the phone call telling them they've been drafted by an NFL team.
Rouson was drafted by Bill Parcells and the New York Giants in 1984 and went on to win two Super Bowl rings as a running back and special teams player.
These days, Rouson is interested in a different kind of draft, one he talked about with about two dozen area coaches early Friday morning during a Fellowship of Christian Athletes coaches' legacy breakfast at Panera Bread in Hagerstown.
"We're all drafted by God," Rouson said. "We all play different positions ... but we work together on the same offensive line. We come off the line and push together.
"We're all God's players on God's team, and we're all going for the Eternal Bowl."
Rouson spent about 24 hours teaming with the Western Maryland/Eastern Panhandle division of the FCA. On Thursday, he helped out at South Hagerstown High School's Prom Promise campaign in the afternoon before speaking to young athletes at the FCA Summer Camps program at North Hagerstown High School in the evening.
"In this community, there are individuals who are working together that have a real concerned heart for this community, and I'm excited to come in and be a part of it," Rouson said. "I'm a voice of encouragement, and I'm impressed."
The FCA coaches' legacy breakfasts have grown significantly since the first one started about two years ago. FCA coaches' committee team leader Mike Kline takes part in a group that holds a weekly breakfast at Panera Bread. That group will celebrate a two-year anniversary in August. Six other groups meet for breakfast around the area.
"This is one of the best ways we have to reach out to coaches," Kline said. "We look forward to coming here because there's nothing better than starting the day by praying and learning about Jesus."
"When we meet in the morning, that's God's time to coach me," said Rick Knepper, a former Philadelphia Phillies baseball player and Washington County Sports Hall of Fame member.
"We're going to be coaches forever. We're coaching our sport, ourselves, our kids, our friends," Rouson said. "Coaches have a special place in God's heart. (Jesus) was the greatest coach who ever lived, and because of Him, the world is a better place."
For more information on the coaches' legacy breakfasts, contact Kline at 301-223-4382 or Western Maryland/Eastern Panhandle FCA area director Scott Myers at 301-331-9174.