BATON ROUGE, La. — Taken out of context, it is a quote that would probably make LSU fans hopping mad.
“It’s a blessing to even be able to lose to Alabama, to even be in that opportunity,” fullback J.D. Moore said earlier this week.
Put into its proper context, that quote is actually an example of why LSU fans should be proud of having players who can comprehend what actually matters in life.
Moore was referring to what he gained from meeting former Navy SEAL and Purple Heart recipient Marcus Luttrell prior to last week’s game against Alabama. Luttrell, whose story is retold in the film “Lone Survivor,” was a guest of coach Ed Orgeron and spoke to the team before they viewed the movie together the night before the Bama game.
“I’ve seen the movie (before), so what it meant for him to be even standing there in front of us alive was amazing,” Moore said.
The team hung on every word.
“He did a tremendous job speaking,” Orgeron said. “You should have seen the look on those young men’s eyes.”
“The words coming from him about motivation and your body being able to do as much as your mind will allow it to,” Moore said. “Being able to, when you get knocked down, to get back up. It served as a motivator for (Alabama) but I think his words will continue to ring true for the rest of the season.”
That’s particularly apt for LSU this week. Saturday the Tigers attempt to get back up against Arkansas following a 10-0 loss to the top-ranked Crimson Tide. LSU has failed in that task the last two years, following up defeats to Alabama with no-shows against the Razorbacks.
“We got knocked down Saturday,” Moore said. “How are we going to respond? How are we going to get back up? He talked about how it’s hard to beat something that doesn’t know it’s been beaten. I think if we take that mindset to heart and say ‘So what, we lost? Let’s keep going,’ that will help us throughout the rest of this year.”
Win or lose the rest of the games on the schedule, meeting Luttrell gave Moore an important takeaway that won’t soon diminish.
On this Veterans Day, most civilians and college football players in particular can say they are quite fortunate — even after losing the biggest game of the year.
“We didn’t lose a life (against Alabama). He said to beat you they have to kill you, but that’s kind of a hyperbolic metaphor. He’s literally been through life and death situations,” Moore said. “It puts a perspective on it that there’s people literally risking their lives for this country.
“It’s a blessing to play this game. It’s a blessing to even be able to lose to Alabama, to even be in that opportunity.”