One of the greatest things about being a coach is when you can say that you have a higher priority than coaching itself. This week we have seen the ultimate move by the leader of one of our greatest athletic programs “lay it down” for faith, family and health. Even in changing one’s mind about the conditional apsects of this journey, one must believe that the character of a coach has to be part of this decision. Why would you step aside from all this success? Come on now, get real!!!!! Our culture doesn’t allow a man to do this unless he really does have a higher priority. There are those who will mock and say that there is another motive behind all this but if we take it for what it stands as, we must say that Florida football as well as all of us have been given a great example in where one should keep their feet planted. It is amazing that trophies and success are important to today but one’s future will not depend on the glitter in the showcase or on the wall. Coach Meyer, The Coaches Channel applauds you for showing us what character means in helping to keep true to one’s convictions and walking it out in your everyday life!
Well, here is another week of a head coach using his authority to make a decision that affects his starting quarterback. This week may have had a historical impact in lieu of a perfect season possibility. It is amazing to hear after the game that a quarterback is on the same page is this decision compared to other events that have happened this season. At least this what Peyton Manning said. As a head coach, one of the greatest responsibilities is always to the bigger picture even when one’s own fans get upset and mad. A coach is to be greatly respected when his decision to prepare a team for the playoffs and save players from injury instead of have a perfect season is for the greater good and more important that even history. Losing the game might even show forth the need of backups having more time and experience. A coach can make a decision but the team must follow his leadership in order to maintain unity and focus. In Minnesota, we have seen recently a lot of questions follow a coach who “tried” to make a decision and was overruled by a quarterback. Authority of the head coach will always be an issue on a team whether it is with players, parents, or fans. The philosophy of this authority and who is in charge must be settled before a difficult time comes up or anger, confusion, and questioning can result. It will be very interesting to watch in the coming days to see how things will unfold in both camps.
It has been said that 2 of the most famous words in sport are “Coach says” and our culture bears this out. The admiration for a coach has grown to the point where a coach is quoted more than a parent. Coaches have replaced the parent as the one individual with the most influence over an athlete’s individual life. The influence of a coach leaves an imprint upon an athlete for life. A word from the coach’s lips reaps lasting results either for the building up or for the detriment of a person. The gravity of this position is that it can never be taken back once it leaves one’s mouth. One’s words either speak “life” or “death” and we must realize that what we say and how we say it go hand in hand. Speaking at the right moment shows true wisdom and “shutting up” to listen comes with the many years of coaching legacies that speak beyond one’s years as an actual coach. Let it be said of all who step onto the athletic field of competition that their particular coach was one who put a torch in their life to shine out for excellence and character that moved beyond that field and into their own personal life. Besides, what else is there to coaching? Trophies are great but they can get dusty. A life with great influence to build up others leaves a legacy!
“To make a sacrifice like this, looking at how he has been throughout his career is a big shock. He was so one-dimensional in his quest to break golf records and to be known as the best golfer of all time. But you have to wonder about the validity and truthfulness of anything he says right now.” — BBC golf commentator Jay Townsend. (commenting on Tiger Woods’ break from golf)
There are so many thoughts and opinions to an athlete’s personnal downfall and public opinion will always lean toward the demise of one’s reputation, especially the most influential. As a coach, one must decide what is more important in all aspects of one’s life; one’s career or personal character. Tiger is to be commended for laying down his career in order to make his family a priority. The heartbreaking aspect is that this is that it should have happened years before it had to be done out of desperation. We must remember that people with some of the greatest influence (coaches and athletes) must live above reproach in order to make personal character the highest priority. A career can be side-tracked in a matter of moments in the public eyes that has taken years to build. Personal character takes a life-time to build with day to day disciplines.
I wonder what the difference is in benching a star college athlete for a DUI for the championship game and benching a NFL player for the super bowl. It cannot be age because both are of an age to get a DUI. It must be the money. I get it! College athletes are not paid! Right!!! Maybe keeping your job might have something to do with it as a NFL coach is more likely to lose it if he were to follow thru and discipline a player. If character matters then the level of the athletic playing field should not matter.