My love of football started in high school. In the 1960s, Coaches Stuart Tripp and Tommy Lewis led Ayden High School Single-A football teams to many winning seasons and state championships. Following our teams, many in our small town took buses filled with athletes, cheerleaders and fans to faraway places. It felt like living the “Hoosiers.”

As a cheerleader, I started learning the game. A cheerleader needs to know the difference between a “Hey hey, let’s go!” cheer for the offense and a “Push ‘em back,” for the defense. We learn first-hand “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”

Lib Campbell is a retired Methodist pastor, retreat leader and hosts the website: She welcomes comments at