by Coach Marlow Weldon
1. Football is the ultimate team sport!
It doesn’t matter how big your team is, you need every single player on the field working together and going in the same direction to have success! This applies to many facets of our everyday lives (families, work, etc).
2. What you put into it is what you get out of it!
Football is often called a practice sport and it is so true. With football, we often get 3 or 4 practices to work on things before getting a chance to put those skills to use in a game situation. And when everyone shows up to practice with the right attitude and works hard, we have success more often than not. This applies to our everyday lives as well as the only way we get better at whatever skill we are trying to learn is by practicing and getting better with each repetition!
3. When you get knocked down, you get back up and back at it!
Another great life lesson I learned from football! Football is a tough, physical sport where most players will get knocked down multiple times per game. And what do you do when you get knocked down? You get back up, get back in the huddle, and try again!
4. It’s ok to lose, as long as you give it 100% effort.
Losing is not fun, and no one enjoys it but it’s something that we all have to go through. Losing teaches you how to deal with loss, how to learn from it and how to lose graciously. It also makes you appreciate winning a lot more (and how to win graciously as well!)
5. Football is Family!
This is one of the biggest things that I learned from the game. A football team is made up of a lot of different dynamics and personalities, just like our families. It teaches us great conflict resolution, as you are not always going to agree with your teammates and you have to work through that (And I’ve yet to meet a family that agreed on everything!) Football teaches us to take care of our teammates just like we would with our parents or siblings, celebrate with them when they are up, console them they are down, and even talk some sense into them when they might be going down the wrong path. And the relationships you make from football will last a lifetime. Some of my closest friends are guys I played football with 25 years ago!