Years ago the late Bear Bryant, former coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, was speaking at a football clinic for high school coaches.

Near the end of the session, one coach asked Bryant, “What is the highest priority for recruiting young men to come play for you?”

Bryant didn’t talk about speed or strength or size or talent, though those things are certainly factors.

At the top of the list, however, Bryant said, “What I want to know is how does that young man feel about his momma and daddy. Because if he respects his parents, he will respect others and will become an effect part of a winning team.”

‘Honor your father and mother’ — which is the first commandment with a promise — ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’ (Ephesians 6:2-3)