17 November 2015
Sport’s Connection to Life
In the fifth grade, I experienced my first year of playing football. I grew up watching my cousins play the sport, but I always thought of it being more dangerous than fun. My first year of the sport, I didn’t even start at my position, which was running back. I was lucky to get playing time. I later progressed and got better. Luckily, through my journey, I have learned some of the key points that will help me through my career and life. The quest was hard, but I never gave up. Through perseverance, hard work, and some great people along the way, I find myself being a college athlete.
Even though I didn’t fully comprehend the game of football, I kept playing it because I found so much excitement and fun in trying to evade a tackler or scoring a touchdown. I enjoyed helping my team achieve a certain goal and it also gave me something to do in my free time. Football is arguably the ultimate team sport, and has taught me teamwork. It takes eleven guys working unselfishly to achieve one common goal. When you are part of a football team, you must understand your role and that of your teammates is critical. Trusting one another is important to a team’s success. You can be a second string player or even a scout team player, and no matter what, you still have a vital role that helps the overall team. The emotional ups and downs that a team experiences help build trust over time to better the team’s chemistry. Football helps you become accustomed to working with others, a skill that is required in almost every profession as stated in Hewitt’s article.
Football requires a player to discipline himself and to work hard. There is also a beautiful life lesson in the evaluation process. Being watched and evaluated in such a way will strive the player to do his best. From high school and higher levels of football, everything is evaluated and looked at in much more depth. The nice thing about this is that it provides and allows the players to have growth and accountability. As in life, you want to have growth and have accountability and take responsibility for growth, and surround ourselves with people who can help do that.
Football provides many different challenges and tests that help one’s perseverance. Perseverance is pushing through a hard battle or doing something despite the difficulty. Whether you fumble and lose the game for your team or you miss the game winning tackle, you have to have the power to get over it and persevere. Hewitt’s article says you must have a strong mind to play this game. You must understand bad things are going to happen, like in life, but you have to be strong enough to get through it. Things are going to challenge you emotionally, and you might be tempted to quit, but you must keep in mind that there is a light at the end of every tunnel. Remember to never quit and to stick with it and it will all pay off in the end.
For a football player there are a lot of things that can be judged or measured. That creates the chance to set goals and compete. The player might set a goal to get his forty yard dash down to a certain time, or might want to increase his weight lifting maximums to a higher weight. The player should and is most likely going to be provided with multiple team goals and that the team will decide amongst themselves. Being exposed to team oriented goals will help the player be accountable for his part to the overall team. We should grow and improve ourselves, and football can help him start on the right path with good goal setting habits.
Success on the football field is an adrenaline rush. In other words, it is fun. The feeling of scoring a touchdown in a critical situation compares to no other feeling. Fighting and scrapping with all you have alongside your teammates, and being successful, even in one play, is a moving experience. In a way it teaches you not to take things for granted.
My first year of football wasn’t as pleasurable as I wanted it to be. I had no idea that I would be in college still playing this game. My sixth grade year I decided not to play football because I was too afraid of getting hurt. With much influence of my cousins, I played football that year after and started and had a successful season at the running back position. I kept working at it and began developing a love for it. By sophomore year in highschool, I was married to the game. I could not imagine not playing football and not experiencing what I have been in the past with it. I’ve battled through many obstacles such as playing through injuries or playing a game with a lot on my mind, and I would agree that it had made me tougher than I was, mentally and physically. Football has influenced and helped me realize that the things related to football are in everyday life. Teamwork, discipline, perseverance, and goal setting are some of the keys to football and in life.
Hindy, Joseph. “11 Things You Learn from Football to Make Life Better.” Lifehack RSS N.p.,n.d. Web 30 Nov. 2015.
Here, Joseph talks about how football is an unpredictable sport and how football provides “edge of your seat action”. He also states that if you pay attention it can also teach you some important keys to help you along in life.
Hewitt, Hunter. “8 Benefits for kids Who Play Football. “ ACTIVEkids. Active.com, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.
The article, by Hunter Hewitt, tells about his views on kids playing football. “In addition to physical toughness, it takes a strong mind to play the game of football. Whether it’s battling through a minor injury or overcoming adversity after or a mistake, children often develop mental toughness they may never have discovered otherwise” Hewitt states. He also says that football is truly a team game. Everyone is counted on to do a specific job. Football helps kids become accustomed to working with others, a skill that is required in almost every profession.
There has been a heavy push to inform current and prospective players about the dangers of the sport, notably head trauma. But despite the obvious injury risks, I believe football remains one of the most rewarding sports. Ask any former player who has been fortunate enough to avoid serious injuries—and even some who have suffered their fair share—and you’ll often hear praise about their time on the gridiron.
Radziszewski, Nicole. “Game of Life: Lessons We Can Learn From Sports.” Experience Life. N.p., 01 Nov. 2012. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.
In this article, Paige McPherson was asked what are two things what she thought were lessons you could learn relating to life. She is from Miami, Florida and is a 2012 Olympian in Tae Kwon Do. She talks about persevering in depth and she also talks about being confident and not cocky.