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 […]
Sometimes we expect our kids to behave perfectly. We have trouble remembering what we were like when we were their age. Before we were taught or faced consequences that refined our behavior, we most likely made the same mistakes they are making. When I was a boy, I was different than I am now. While […]
Sometimes your kids can give you a little bit of that something you never expected. As a dad, you have to be able to respond well to the unpredictability that children bring. That happened recently with my son’s birthday. He was going to be turning nine and he wanted to have some special people come […]
We’ve all had moments in our lives, whether or at home, when we have that difficult conversation. We receive feedback that is not positive. Even the most confident person will tense up and want to defend himself or herself. Then when it is over, we tend to go find someone we know who will reassure […]