Back To School


September 29, 2000

I can't believe that we have played four games and yet we just started school on Thursday. That's kind of weird, don't you think? But let me tell you, it was nice - very nice. All we had to worry about was playing football, lifting weights and eating (that's for my mom). I felt like we were in the pros where the entire day revolves around football. You couldn't ask for a better situation. I really felt that not being in school worked to our advantage. Players could watch film more, the players who were hurt could get a sufficient amount of treatment, and players were able to rest more (again for my mom). We were definitely able to concentrate on becoming a better team both physically and mentally. But now things have changed.

Now that we are back in school we are no longer just a football player, but have now transformed into the student-athlete. This may be considered the hardest challenge for players because now they have to juggle their time between school and football. Someone today at school asked me, are the athletes first football players that go to school or are they students who play football? At first I wanted to say that we were definitely students who play football, but then I thought. This question forces a choice on the part of the individual- to be first a student-athlete or an athlete-student. Yet the true fact of the matter is that one cannot be one thing without the other. So it is a true tightrope that players must walk, for example, because any player cannot put all of his focus on school and expect to succeed in his sport, and vice versa. A player cannot put all of his focus into their sport and expect to succeed in the classroom.

Right now you are probably asking yourselves why this process of starting school is such a big deal for us, right? Well let me give you a preview of a typical schedule for a player:

6:00 am -wake up

6:10 am - really wake up because you hit the snooze button

6:30-7:45 am -start weight-lifting at school

8:00-8:30 am - get ready for class

9:00-10:30 am -class

11:00-12:15 pm -class

12:30-1:00 pm -lunch (unfortunately it's usually fast food)

1:00-2:00 pm-get treatment on our body and get ready for practice

2:15-4:30 pm -meeting with your coaches, in which you watch film and study your opponent

4:45-6:30 pm -practice - oh it's so fun!

7:00-7:45 pm-get more treatment and eat dinner with the team

8:00pm -go home

9:00 pm-until fall asleep - study - oh it's so much fun!

This is a tough schedule, but we as athletes love what we do, and that's why we do it!

Philosophy of the week:Psalm 139:3 "you chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am."