Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Green Bay Packers Football
I love to coach the coaches. The greatest coaches are those who can motivate their teams in the locker room. I inspire events. I call them Motivational Play-Offs which are held around the world. I look for partners for those events. Partners that can do it all, including writing stories for my classic collections. You can see for yourself one of those stories in Gift To My Dad (Amazon). It was Coach Mora Sr. who made the comment which still gets laughs. “Playoffs? Don’t talk to me about Playoffs!” It gets almost as much run as Allen Iverson “practice” tirade. “We are not ta talking about a game. We are talking about practice.” But one of my favorite stories comes from the treasury of the late Jimmy V. One day, Jimmy, an aspiring new basketball coach at Rutgers University, long before the days of his national championship at North Carolina State, was listening to ways to motivate his players when he came upon a Lombardi quote to the famous NFL team he coached to multiple championships. “Men, if you only think about these 3 things today, you will walk off the field as champions. You must first think of your family. You must think about your religion. And of course, you must think about Green Bay Packers football. It sent chills through the young coach. He practiced for hours in front of the mirror. “Men, if you only think about these 3 things today, you will walk off the court as winners. You must first think of your family. You must then think of your religion. Finally, you must think about Rutgers basketball.” Jimmy V practiced all day and he couldn’t wait to get to the game. At halftime, his team battling for the victory, the nervous coach was ready to spring this motivational nugget he had been saving for quite some time. “Men, if you only think about 3 things during the 2nd half today, you will walk off this court as winners. You must first think of your family. You must then think of your religion. Finally, you must think about Green Bay Packers football.” So how about you? Do you have a motivational story for my new book?
Posted by Steve Tarde at 12:13 AM