Hyde5: Former Canes, Dolphins chaplain Armbrust writes motivational book – Sun Sentinel (blog)
Leo Armbrust has married, baptized, counseled or buried hundreds of South Florida sports names and their families. He was part of Jimmy Johnson’s inner circle, even interviewing draft prospects at the NFL combine for his Dallas and Dolphins teams (he argued strongly for the Dolphins to draft Jason Taylor over some assistants wishes). He wasn’t just the team chaplain for those teams, but a trusted mind and motivator for Johnson going back to the championship run at the University of Miami.
Now Armbrust has assembled some of his core life beliefs and motivational ideas in a fascinating book called, “Only The Wounded May Serve.” It’s not a sports book, though there are some sports stories sprinkled in.
It’s book about life decisions and direction. It uses philosophical and spiritual stories to discuss the strongest emotions in life like faith, fear and love. It uses stories to provide a message – stories like Michelangelo sculpting David or Jimmy Johnson before the Super Bowl or a boy born of a shoemaker who worked punching holes in leather using a tool called an awl until one day an accident with the awl punctured one of his eyes. He then lost sight in the other eye. Did he give up? His background came in handy his life’s work designing an alphabet for the blind from indentations in paper. His name was Louis Braille.
Armbrust, who lives in Palm Beach and still works counseling people, wasn’t a typical Catholic priest when he served as the Hurricanes and Dolphins team chaplain. He was loud and quick-witted and told off-color jokes and became a confidant to dozens of players and aid to coaches. Many successful programs have someone like him while unsuccessful ones wonder what exactly these people do.
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