High School Football, Part Two

My High School Football Coach used to put a proverb/saying on the bulletin board nearly every day. This saying was to be thought about and applied to football and your life. My teammates and I do not remember all of them, but we do remember one very big, very important phrase. This phrase will not be looked upon too kindly in this politically correct world, but it is so true and I do not care. I think about it every day. It has effected me for over 30 years.

The cross is antecedent to the crown.

Back then, most of us did not have a clue what it meant. Some of our higher SAT scoring teammates knew what all of the words meant. But Coach wanted us to understand what it really meant. We were a team so, the Coach asked the entire group to tell him what it meant. He wanted to hear it from สมัคร ufabet มือถือ everyone. He did not care that some were smarter, he wanted us to learn it. He wanted us to live it!

You had to carry the cross (the tough work during triple sessions in the hot August sun) before you can wear the crown of victory. Victory and being champions had little to do with winning games. Most of us thought that it did. Games are won and lost by the decisions of others sometimes The meaning however, is that if you do not work HARD every day, and give everything you have, you can not wear the crown of a champion. It would be fake. Champions always paid the price to become champions. There is no other way.

Another one of my favorites is:

Through all your days endure Treat them all alike When you are the anvil bear When you are the hammer STRIKE!

Everyone on our team knew exactly what that meant. Through long, hard practice sessions, you are the Anvil, the receiver of pain. The hard work of every practice session made us stronger. On game day, you became the Hammer and delivered the pain to and struck down the opponent. You made them the Anvil. Game day was when you rose from being a “slave” and became a “warrior”