“The Superbowl Off The Field”

January 27, 2010

With just days till the 2010 Superbowl in Miami, the greatest competition may not be on the field but off the field. With much talk about the possible forthcoming Superbowl ad highlighting the story of Pam Tebow (Tim’s mother) and her decision not ot have an abortion versus having the child, TCC checked into her story and found some amazing character issues and core values at work.

Pam Tebow was serving with her husband, Bob, as a missionary to the Phillipines back in 1986. Somehow,  she contracted a disease called amoebic dysentery. This disease is usually caused by the intake of contaminated food or drink. This caused her to fall into a coma for a time. As she was being treated with strong antibiotics, doctors discovered she was pregnant. “[My husband] prayed for a son: Timothy. He came home and asked everyone to pray. Everyone prayed except me, because I already had four sons,” Pam Tebow jokingly shared at a recent gathering back in May of 2009. Once she found out she was pregnant, her doctor said that a healthy birth was nearly impossible. The doctors “didn’t think of it as a life; they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue,” Pam said. They urged her to abort the baby, explaining that the strong medicines had caused irreversible damage. During this time, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider the abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God and siding with her husband, ”If you will give us a son, we’ll name him ‘Timothy,’ and we’ll make him a preacher.” Even though the ad has not been shown as of the date of this posting, Tim is “preaching” today in doing this ad with his mother.

As a coach your character comes out of what you have been taught as well as what you have experienced.  TCC believes that Tim Tebow’s mother may be one of the greatest coaches of all time. She stated that, in homeschooling her children, one of her greatest goals in teaching them was to prepare them for handling disappointments. This is a definite goal of any coach. If your players can handle this issue, you have succeeded.

Tim also shares that he has been taught to lead with encouragement and not criticism. With all the furor and arguing over this one possible ad in the 2010 Superbowl, we are confronted not so much about what we believe about the abortion issue but as to what decision we will make in difficult times. It must be based upon what we believe even when we are deeply criticized for it. Character matters! Just ask Pam Tebow!


“The Heart Of A Leader”

January 25, 2010

From the New York Times this last weekend:

“Ryan turned one of the N.F.L.’s most clandestine operations into an open book. The Jets collapsed at the end of 2008 in part because of the tense atmosphere. Ryan changed that, changed a culture, changed the way people felt about coming to work.”

This comment from a media source caught our attention in that the last part of it is what every coach would love to see happen on their team. When your players want to come to practice, 2-a-days, the games, the meetings, the PR functions, the press conferences, etc., that says something. It does not matter what level you coach at. When your team “wants to come to work” it says something about you as a leader. To motivate people to follow a vision takes those individuals buying into what one believes in and as a coach, inspiring a team has to start in your heart and then be transferred to your players. To play as a team requires a total collective buyout and not just a few team members. One of Rex Ryan’s former players, Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens was quoted as saying that Rex had the heart of a father. Your leadership as a coach has to begin with caring more about the player than the plays he makes. Otherwise you prostitue the player and he becomes just an object to your own selfish motives. When you care about someone, then you can lead them somewhere.

“Time To Go Home”

January 20, 2010

When a coach retires, people who have been influenced by him or her share how that individual helped to shape their lives. TCC has reflected recently upon the career of Coach Bobby Bowden as he stepped down as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. Our attention was directed to a statement that he made in an interview recently when Coach Bowden said that he wanted to be remembered as a man who “did it the right way”. A former player on one of his FSU teams, Derrick Brooks said, “His longevity speaks for itself. Coaching generations of players from grandfathers to fathers to sons. A lot of people don’t get the chance to do that. When you start to think about Coach Bowden that way, you really appreciate his greatness. … When you look at Coach Bowden, you see integrity, a winning tradition and a coach who did it the right way. With everything that’s going on in college football now, you’re going to miss that consistency.” What a compliment!!! His W-L record is not what was touted but his integrity. That is what the coaching realm is all about. Are you able to leave your career as a coach with former players speaking of you like Brooks, a Tampa Bay Bucs star speaks of Coach Bowden? In order to win 388 games and last 43 years as a coach, your life has to have things set in order. The Fellowship of Christian athletes has even named an annual national award after him. The National Bobby Bowden Award, which honors one college football player for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and for his conduct as a “faith model” in the community is a signature of what Coach Bowden believed in. Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better and must also have the backing of his school’s athletic cirector and head football coach. The award is presented each year prior to the Bowl Championship Series” national title game and from all that has been written about him, those qualitities were ones that he desired for his players. The following remark sums up the order of priorities his life has taken over the years. After Coach Bowden had fielded many questions at his last press conference after the 2010 Gator Bowl game, Ann Bowden, wife of Bobby Bowden of 60 years, walked up to him and said: “Time to go home, honey.”  She gave him a kiss and hug and the crowd applauded. In walking away from this position as a coach, TCC also applauds a man who has set the bar very high for the rest of those who aspire to be a great coach.

The Unrecognized “Coach” At The BCS

January 8, 2010

 This am brings reflections upon the championship game that we watched last night. There were strange happenings all night. Differents sagas took place all during the game. Coaches made decisions all through the game that are providing fodder for fans to chew on today. But TCC believes that one of the greatest coaches during the entire BCS series may have shown up after the championship game in the losing team’s locker room. This “coach” has never even been given an official title as a coach but his words either to or for Colt McCoy may speak volumes for days to come about this game. His words of encouragement definitely put the game in perspective  and especially the injury to Colt. His name is Lt. Col. Greg Gadson. Gadson’s journey “in coaching” began on May 7, 2007 in Bagdad when the humvee he was traveling in was struck by an explosive device. He had numerous injuries and lost his legs which took him through a journey of examining his own self-interest or the perspective of the bigger picture. This journey brought him into the Texas locker room to be with Colt McCoy at one of those gut wrenching moments in sports. It was a “what if” moment. Colt definitely had to look at Greg and consider what good could become of a huge disappointing place in  life. Reading about this caught our attention. TCC exists to point to “coaches” who impact others and this is one day where we salute a “coach” for  making a difference even in a devastating lost. The following links provide more info about this blog.          



Benching a star player!!!!!!

December 3, 2009

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.

A Memory Burned in His Mind

August 8, 2008

I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day, asking him about his high school football days in the early 1980’s. He went to a smaller rural school and was the leading rusher on his team in both his junior and senior years, but what floored me was when he said that even though he loved playing the game, the only memories that were burned into his mind were bad ones because of his coach.

He said he played for a tough guy who seemed to have picked him as his personal whipping boy. No matter what he did it wasn’t good enough. In fact my friend said he was literally pulled by his face mask and slapped in the face on a number of occasions. Once, while playing linebacker, he cut through the line on a goal line stand and tackled the runner for a 5 yard loss, but when he got to the sidelines his coach screamed at him, and slapped him because he hadn’t followed his proper “read” on the play. Never mind that it saved the game.

My friend said the only reason he stuck it out was because he loved the game so much and he knew that he’d never be able to play again after high school. But he also said that he developed into a tough skinned, sarcastic young man with a chip on his shoulder as a defense mechanism.

Can you imagine having nothing but bad memories about playing a game in high school that should have been a joy and a building block for becoming a man? If you’re a coach, what kind of memories are you building in the minds of your players?

Smart Is The New Tough

August 7, 2008

I was watching the Tennessee Titans at training camp yesterday. It was 95 degrees and they were in full pads with extensive live contact work, but right behind the line of scrimmage and at different places around the field, trainers were moving around with golf carts that were loaded down with water buckets and energy drinks. They handed cups out to players continually and the coaches called for water breaks after every session.

What a change for those “good ole days” when coaches refused to let their players drink water. I remember getting salt tablets and told not to be a “candy ass.” It was all about being a tough guy. Who in the world was dumb enough to think that was going to make them into better players? I’m surprised more players didn’t die.

Thank goodness times and coaches have changed, or at least the smart ones who’ve learned that in order for an engine to run right, it has to have fuel in it.