When I arrived in Tampa as head coach, I began meeting with the players who lived there, trying to understand from them what needed to be fixed. Although all the issues were relatively minor, they contributed to the team’s second class, defeatist, excuse-laden mentality. I began to sell the philosophy that we are responsible for what happens to us, not anyone or anything else. No excuses, no explanations.
My father used to tell me that having integrity is not a “sometimes” thing, you either have it or you don’t. Your integrity gets tested many times in life. This is one of the toughest times it was difficult to maintain my personal integrity.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
During the football season we celebrate two great holidays in Thanksgiving and Christmas. When spring arrives we look forward to Mother’s and Father’s Day. Then the summer brings the Fourth of July. However, one holiday in the spring sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Here are my thoughts why I consider Easter the most important […]
Christmas is right around the corner. This is always a special time to spend with family. Over the years, my family has established several holiday traditions. Here are some of our favorites.
Today, I want to take time to remember all the things I’m thankful for…including you. To each of you who read the Play of the Day emails and attend an All Pro Dad’s Day, I really appreciate all you do for your family and your work to be the best father you can be. Keep […]
With college football kicking off tonight, I thought I’d share some highlights that the University of Minnesota posted of my time as a player. This footage brings back great memories for me and I think you’ll agree it’s definitely a Throwback Thursday clip. That was a glimpse of my time in the game, why don’t you […]