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A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

One last look.

We are all Pirates

We are all Pirates

After a 55-7 loss in September 2015, the quarterback of the losing team did a remarkable thing.  William Simpson asked to address the winning team.  The loss was pretty brutal, and usually in losses like that, the quarterback is the one who faces the most scrutiny.  So what made this quarterback want to dole out sage advice and not make excuses for his teams performance? “He tells them that this 5 ...[Read More]

Joe Schmidt on leadership, followership and team

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Notre Dame senior, Joe Schmidt sat down with Jac Collinsworth to talk about leadership, followership, motivation and his return to the gridiron.  Schmidt in 2014 was the MVP of the Fighting Irish defense, even after missing half of the season with a leg injury.  He has been called too slow, too weak, forever labeled as a walk-on – yet he has persevered.  He has risen above the noise to becom ...[Read More]

I play the game for free

I play the game for free

Rodney Harrison once asked Junior Seau, “Why do you practice so hard?” Seau responded, “I get paid to practice.  I play the game for free.”  

Jake Olson, the real Daredevil

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I’ve learned that if you want to win forever, always compete. You’re either competing or you’re not. I’ve chosen to always compete. – Jake Olson Being a blind football player on a high school football team is hard enough, but odds be damned, Jake Olson, the blind long snapper, is going to be a college football player.  Yeah, go back and read it again, because it was a ...[Read More]

Lou Holtz visits Texas Football

Lou Holtz

Coaches love building other coaches up.  After you have coached for numerous years, you love looking back at your coaching family tree and seeing the branches.  We hear about those branches all the time in the NFL.  Recently, one of college football’s big tree’s went and visited one of his branches.  Lou Holtz was the Head Coach at the University of Notre Dame and at the University of ...[Read More]

Dear Coach – A letter on respect and teamwork by Louis Nix III

Dear Coach – A letter on respect and teamwork by Louis Nix III

Dear Coach, I want to take a moment to write you a letter to remind you of the importance of your job. I know you put in a lot of time and effort and I can imagine that at times your job feels kind of thankless. Don’t forget, though, that you have a tremendous impact on the young people that you coach. You are simultaneously an authority figure, a role model, and a friend. To sum it up, your team ...[Read More]

Just say Ho!

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In 1988, walk on kicker Reggie Ho played a key role on Notre Dame’s undefeated football season.  Ho, who stands 5’5″ displayed amazing perseverance and accomplishment.  Actor Ken Jeong directed this great 30 for 30 Short. Read more at Grantland

This is what trust sounds like

This is what trust sounds like

As coaches we all want our teammates to trust each other.  I think we could all learn a few things about trust from this video.

A brother’s promise

A brother’s promise

With discipline in one hand and love in the other, Tony Alford is turning out young men who don’t just play like champions today. They live like champions every day. Earlier this week Renee Peggs wrote an great story about University of Notre Dame recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Tony Alford.  The story linked here is not about x’s and o’s but in a time where the re ...[Read More]