The Importance of Prayer

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I think one of the things I’ve learned over the years is the importance of prayer in life. I’ve been married for 33 years and my wife, Lauren, and I have gotten to the point where we understand that prayer is the most important thing we can do together. Busy schedules sometimes inhibit that, and […]

Teaching the Value of Money

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When I was in ninth grade, the guys on my basketball were all getting the same shoes. They were getting black Converse All Stars. Of course, I wanted to get what my teammates were getting so I spoke to my dad about it. The price of the Converse was $9.95. That would be an amazing […]

My Most Difficult Parenting Issues

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My oldest daughter is thirty. That is a lot of years of parenting, but I feel like I am just learning how to do it well. No matter how long you’ve been parenting, it will never be smooth sailing. There will always be some challenges, especially when you have multiple children. There is no perfect parenting […]

Being Versus Doing

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“Insist upon yourself. Be original.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I never once heard Chuck Noll say that his value as a person was lessened because we were losing games. When he retired from football, he didn’t lose his identity—because his job didn’t define who he was. In our society, this struggle between being and doing […]

Taking Wise Counsel

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‘Tis great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults, greater to tell him his. –Benjamin Franklin I Don’t Know Everything There have been enough people in my life through the years who have made that painfully clear to me. Therefore, I must be secure enough to say, “I don’t know.” In fact, I […]

Stay the Course

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The Colts left Baltimore in 1984 when Jim Irsay’s father moved the club to Indianapolis via a caravan of moving vans. We saw footage of those vans continuously the weekend we played the Ravens during our playoff run in 2006. As I watched the coverage, I noticed that while they may have been packing their […]

Building a Team of Champions

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Football fans are counting down the seconds to the 2015 NFL Draft this Thursday. My Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the coveted first-round draft pick. It seems obvious that their pick will boil down to either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. If I was making the pick, I would choose Mariota. He was an unbelievable quarterback […]

Setting Goals and Taking Risks

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Matt Emmons is a world-champion marksman. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, he had a significant lead when he entered the final round of the 50-meter, three position rifle competition. He hit the bull’s-eye on his three shots, then looked on, puzzled, as the automatic scoring system did not credit his shots. He […]

Making Good Choices

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Leroy Rocquemore was an African American administrator at our predominately white junior high school. Although he took a personal interest in all the kids, he seemed to pay special attention to the African American boys. He wanted to make sure that we grew as people, not just as athletes. He often took us to basketball […]