What we can learn from what they have said…
As the 2014 NFL Season approaches it’s end, here are 10 great quotes from the year that could teach us all a thing or two for the New Year and beyond.
10. “We’re a work in progress, let’s face it.” (Tom Coughlin – Head Coach, NY Giants)
Aren’t we all? We can always get better, smarter, work harder, and improve. We are all on a journey and, in an ideal world, that journey would be one of progress and improvement. Sure, it is easy to notice regression, failure, and disappointment, but we can’t let it stop us from forward motion. Let’s face it – we’re a work in progress. And that’s a great thing to be.
9. “L.O.B. definitely stands for ‘Love Our Brothers’ ” (Kam Chancellor – Safety, Seattle Seahawks)
For those of you that have paid attention to the Seattle Seahawks, you know that their secondary has been known as the Legion Of Boom or the L.O.B. After a mediocre start to the season, the team had a closed door meeting to hash out some issues and to discuss whether or not they were going to continue to play selfishly, for themselves, or selflessly, for one another. Apparently, they chose one another, because they haven’t lost since. Not only that, but they came out and said that L.O.B. no longer stands for the Legion Of Boom, rather, it now stands for “Love our Brothers”. You may think it’s corny, but it is great advice. If we all focused less on ourselves and more on the success of our brothers and sisters, life as we know it could really start to improve.
8. “You can earn that right to expect to win” (Andrew Luck – Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts)
I am exceptional at negative self talk. I can convince myself that I’m too stupid, too dumb, too forgetful, too this, too that to ever be the best. It truly is amazing how down I can be on me. That’s why I love this quote. It’s a reminder to work hard, to be passionate, to be proud (yet still humble), and to have high expectations for yourself. Then, remembering that it won’t happen right away, after a while you can convince yourself that you just might have it. And then, after a little while longer, you can convince yourself that you do have it – there’s no might about it. If you expect winning and success to simply show up at your doorstep, you’ll be waiting forever. But, you can earn the right to expect it, and it all starts with a more positive outlook of your potential.
7. “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” (Stuart Scott – SportsCenter Anchor)
Yes, I know Stuart Scott isn’t NFL specific, and this quote didn’t even come from the NFL season (it is from his ESPY speech), but it deserves to be on here. Stuart Scott died during the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs at the age of 49 as one of the most influential TV anchors over the last 25 years. His passion, his creativity, and his willingness to risk being different set him apart from so many of his peers. His catch phrases of “Boo-Yah” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow” became everyday sayings for the world of sports and beyond. With that said, his quote during the 2014 ESPY’s may become his most memorable. I recommend watching the entire thing below:
6. “Balance in all things” (Tom Brady – Quarterback, New England Patriots)
I don’t have any idea how spiritual, or non-spiritual, Tom Brady is, but his approach to life if very holistic. He claims that he is at his best when he has a “balance in all things”. He eats right, trains right, relaxes right, works out right, and prepares right so that he can be at his optimum performance level when he needs to be. He has a three year training program that focuses on his brain, his body, and his self. “Our method relates to being physically fit, emotionally stable and spiritually nourished,” says Alex Guerrero (Tom Brady’s ‘Mr. Miyagi’). “Emotional stability allows you to have spiritual awareness…” He is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, so he must be doing something – or a lot of things – right. It’s time to balance the scales.
5. “I was just addicted to it [taking selfies], I guess. I put myself in a rehab program. And now that I’ve quit I feel like I am a much better person.” (Zach Mettenberger – Quarterback, Tennessee Titans)
We’d all be better people if we’d put our phones down every once in a while. The real world around us is pretty interesting, if we give it a chance.
4. “It’s about looking inside yourself and admitting, ‘I have a problem’…it hurt to say that, to admit it, because the rest of my life was under control.” (Cris Carter – Analyst, Hall of Fame Wide Receiver)
Cris Carter is famous for his ability on the football field, but his story off the field might be the more interesting of the two. His battle with addiction is difficult and inspiring all in one package. He tells his story in hopes that it can help, teach, and educate others. This quote comes in reference to Josh Gordon who was suspended from the NFL for substance abuse for the second time in his short career.
Now, not all of us can relate to something as significant as substance abuse, but we all have addictions that are a problem. We just don’t like to admit it, especially publicly. It hurts. It’s embarrassing. It feels weak. It’s just “a minor problem” when the “rest of my life is under control”. I’ll be just fine.
You won’t be. I won’t be. It’s time to admit we need help and it’s time to get rid of those things, or that one thing, that is taking our lives from us.
3. “There’s a discipline to not getting angry” (Pete Carroll – Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks)
During an interview, Pete Carroll was asked if he ever gets angry on the sideline. He said that he does, but rarely, because “there is a discipline to not getting angry”. He went on to explain that he only gets visibly angry when it will positively influence the future. If it is simply a reflection on the past, there is no use in getting angry, but if it can help change a future call or improve a player’s performance, he is all for it. That is a tremendous outlook. If what you are doing can have a positive influence on the future, then it’s worth doing. If not, well then, what’s the point?
2. “The NFL is all about two things: Credit vs. Blame” (Trent Dilfer – Analyst, Former NFL Quarterback)
I am on one side of this or the other all the time. When things go well, I love to be included as a contributor who is recognized with a little (or a lot) of the credit. When things go bad, it is tempting to quickly blame somebody else and distance myself as soon as possible. The worst of it is that I often blame the people closest to me that I love and care about it. I also try and steal their credit on occasion. It’s frustrating.
The great teams, Dilfer goes on to say, don’t care who gets the credit or the blame. They simply want to be their best. They want individuals, and the team, to be doing what is best for the group. If things go well, be thankful. If things go poorly, learn from it and move on. To not care about credit or blame is extremely rare, and difficult, but it can be a wonderful thing.
1. “Five Letters: R-E-L-A-X” (Aaron Rodgers – Quarterback, Green Bay Packers)
You’ve probably heard this quote already, but it’s great advice. Relax. We could all do it more often. Perhaps we need to take a nap, try to control less, or simply take a deep breath. We need to find some time to take it easy. We need to panic less. We need to heed the advice of the Green Bay QB.
R-E-L-A-X…”We’re going to be okay.”