i have a history of waging war against the status quo
I was 5’10”, 162 lbs in the 11th grade – undersized for football. Then I became 1st-Team All District Strong Safety. I went from Mt. Pleasant, TX – a town of 12,291 people – to the University of Texas. At the time, UT was the largest student body in the country with 50,000+ students.
“Where’s that?”, my classmates would ask. Then I became Student Body President.
I applied to Harvard Law School and was waitlisted. Damnit.
Then, I applied again – waitlisted.
Let me try this one more time… waitlisted.
C’mon, this has to be my turn – waitlisted.
The fourth time was my charm
After I decided I wanted to coach football instead of practicing law, I wrote letters to every NFL team looking for an internship. 31 said no. 1 said yes and I was off to Kansas City, MO. I parlayed that internship into a full-time gig and coached for the Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns.
I could have given up when Coach told me I was too small; when my classmates told me not enough people knew me; when Harvard waitlisted me; when I began to receive rejection letters from NFL teams. But I Stayed In The Deep End
- Shovel shit for 6 months
- Pick up BBQ for coaches
- Take inventory of PopTarts and peanut butter in cafeteria
- Run personal errands for boss
- Take player to the airport
- Help janitor pick up trash
If you’re willing to dive into the murky waters of your goals, then I can’t wait to see you at the bottom.