As a coach that has dealt with thousands of young athletes it intrigues me that both these athletes have strong religious backgrounds. Is there a connection with how both were so prepared when their numbers were called to perform on the field or court?
There are so many factors involved for an athlete to earn a scholarship to college and that much more to become a Professional Athlete! The road to success is a delicate balance between genetics, living environment, work ethic and mental preparation.
Over time, I come to see that Work Ethic and Mental Preparation are huge difference makers!
Now, this is not a referendum on Religion but more on having a Strong Moral Compass. The direction that our Youth receive on daily basis needs to be STRONGER. We as parents have a obligation to teach our children the virtues of hard work, respect for elders, education and a healthy lifestyle.
This speaks to building a STRONG FOUNDATION in order to Build Warriors. This person will be successful in athletics and more importantly LIFE.