What are your actions teaching your players? What is the culture within your team? What are you teaching aspiring and future NFL players?
Will you teach them to be great? To be leaders? To work hard? Will you teach them how to take the hit and keep moving forward or will you complain and give excuses…
“Our headsets didn’t work.”
“They must’ve got a hold of our play sheets.”
“They gave us warm Gatorade.”
Or will you prepare and make sure ice is surrounding the Gatorade the next time you come? Will you make sure your play sheets aren’t left unattended the next time you play? Will you practice and put in the extra time by creating coach to coach signals and other innovative tactics just in case your headset doesn’t work the next game?
Accusations, snitching, spreading rumors and pointing fingers has never brought down the true greats. In fact, in the face of public scrutiny and pointing fingers, it has only inspired the best to band together, work harder and “keep moving forward”.
Because that’s how winning is done.
That’s how Super bowls are won.
If you can’t beat the best, learn from the best.
“I think our program here is built on competition and trying to improve every day and trying to work hard. It’s not built on excuses.” ~ Bill Belichick – Six Time Super Bowl Champion, Four as Head Coach for the New England Patriots
“If they think we got an edge, we got an edge.” ~Red Auerbach – Ten-Time NBA Champion Head Coach
“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” ~Vince Lombardi – Five NFL Championships and winner of the first two Super Bowls.
It makes me wonder what some of the old greats would say about the soap opera that has now become the heart and stain of the NFL.
Boy, do I miss football.