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.
I was an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and we were playing the Denver Broncos in a big football game. A technician from one of the television stations told me about a trick play that the Broncos were going to run. He happened to see them run it during their practice. I thought, this is not the way I’m supposed to get information, but it could definitely help us win the game.
I struggled with whether I should tell my defensive players, but I decided I couldn’t do it because I didn’t get the information the right way. As the story would unfold the play happened just after my friend told me. A certain player came in the game and they threw a halfback pass for a touchdown. I felt terrible that I hadn’t alerted my players, but I felt like I did the right thing. We came back to win the game anyway. That showed me that doing things the right way would get rewarded.