Preparing for games as an NFL coach is a tremendous challenge. Each week brings a different team with players of excellent and unique talents. It’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent when crafting a game plan. Fatherhood also brings with it a lot of challenges. When people find out that I […]
What does miracle mean to me? A miracle is something that we can’t explain with reason, logic, or science. I look up at the sun every day. It comes up at the same time and never fails. To me, that is miraculous because the only explanation is God’s hand. Another example that is more close […]
If you have ever coached a team before you know the challenges in being successful. It’s a question I am asked all of the time. What makes a successful team? There are a few ingredients that are needed. Most people will immediately say that a team needs talent. Talent is what makes a good team. […]
When I was in Minnesota, Denny Green had been a big proponent of creating what I call “artificial adversity,” making things tougher on the players than they had to be. He believed this was an essential foundation for handling the turbulence of a season or game. As coaches and as players, he wanted us all […]
As a leader, speeches are a great tool to motivate and inspire a group of people to greater things. They give a destination or vision to strive to achieve. Having worked in the National Football League, I have witnessed many great speeches, ones that energized the locker room. Occasionally in sports, a good speech could be a game changer.
On a larger scale, there are speeches that have been given that achieve historical significance. The truth of the words spoken strikes such a chord they lead to cultural change. The most inspiring speech I have ever heard, without question, was when I was a young man. On August 28, 1963, I watched Dr. Martin Luther King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. deliver his now-famous “I Have A Dream…” speech. This was my reaction to it and why I consider it to be the greatest speech I ever heard.
We are at the time of year where the NFL season is coming to an end. The conversation around this time tends to be focused on which NFL coaches are on the hot seat. Everyone speculates on who’s job is in jeopardy. Being a professional coach is an intense job. Working under pressure is a […]
Life has many up and downs. No matter how talented or driven a person may be we all face difficulties in our careers. Getting through tough times in my career was hard, but it is in those moments of trial where we find opportunity for growth. The world of the NFL can be like being […]
I remember well the cold rainy night I went to my office at One Buccaneer Place after being fired following my sixth season as head coach. It was late and the place was empty. There were a ton of thoughts that entered my mind. I thought about the men I had coached alongside and the […]
You may be there. Things at home are cold. There is a tension in the air. You and your wife have been fighting for a long time. Feelings of hopelessness or even bitterness can quickly come flooding in. The last thing you want to do at the end of a hard day is sit in […]
Several months ago, All Pro Dad held a survey to find out the greatest sports movie ending of all time. After a considerable amount of votes, the overall winner was Remember the Titans. It is a great movie with a triumphant ending and a terrific message. There are many great sports movies to choose from […]