Sports are part of the fabric of American society, and often they've provided a medium for athlete protest. In recent years, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the face of the movement. In 2016, he began kneeling before games, during the playing of the national anthem, to protest police treatment of minorities and social inequality. Read more
Since last week's death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, there's been a surge of sports figures speaking out. Some have even joined demonstrations that have swept the nation. Read more…
Also, the recent tension between Drew Brees’ remarks on the NFL taking a knee to join Colin Kaepernick's cause for racial equality has athletes using their platforms more to voice their opinions.
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I believe in sticking with people no matter what — through good times and bad times.
However, sometimes I see people say they are loyal when they actually are just stuck in their ways.
In sports, many people are loyal to whatever professional team is the closest to their hometown. I’ve never been that guy. I was born and raised in Michigan and have never been a fan of the Lions. When my family moved to metro Atlanta a little more than a year ago, I immediately became an Atlanta Falcons fan. Lol. Yes #bandwagon!
I talk about my loyalty and my bandwagon switch in this short video below.
Because I’m loyal to winning, not losing.
Because I’m loyal to people, not programs.
I’m OK if you feel differently about the Lions. But my point is too many people stay loyal to things that they should have gotten rid of a long time ago.
Here’s what I am learning.
Sometimes motivation doesn’t show up until you do.
Too many times, we wait for motivation to show up before we take action. We wait until we feel like doing something before we actually do it. The problem is that if we wait until we feel like doing something to do it — we may never feel like doing it.
Let’s be real. How many times have you put something off that you know you needed to do until you felt like doing it… and then never did it? If you’re like me, probably more time than you’d like to admit.
To be successful in life, we must live by our priorities, not our emotions. Our emotions can be very unstable at times. We can’t afford to balance our success on the instability of our emotions. We must take actions first based on our priorities and trust that, sooner or later, our emotions will follow our actions.
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Do you feel like no matter how much money you make it seems like you always have more going out than coming in? Do you wish you could find a better job making more money so you can finally have some financial freedom to take vacations, enjoy entertainment and better the lives of other people?
My financial situation was one of the reasons I struggled with depression after my sports career ended. I was broke and constantly being tormented by the thoughts of what I could have been making had I not gotten injured and been able to play professionally. I went from free school, free rent, free meals, and Pell Grant checks to paying for everything myself. I spent months feeling hopeless and helpless because I thought sports was my only way to generate massive income. I wasn’t good enough at anything else to make a lot of money.
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The funny thing about athletics is that even when teams win, people still find a way to tear them apart. They say “the game was fixed or rigged.” They accuse players of shaving points. And, of course, we know everyone’s favorite is always “the refs are horrible.”
Search the hashtag #ncaachampionship to see what I mean.
No matter how dominant the winning team is, you’ll always find people who refuse to celebrate and would rather list reasons why the winning team should have lost instead of congratulating them on their win.
Many people call that bad sportsmanship. I call it being a hater.
Urban dictionary defines a hater as “a person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person."
Don’t you love that definition? Isn’t that exactly what haters do? As metal detectors are to metal so haters are to flaws.
Have you found yourself saying any of the following?
If you sense that something is wrong with your former athlete, then you’re probably right.
In 2015, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) studied 224 elite athletes who had already retired and discovered that depression, eating disorders, and general psychological distress were the most common mental health issues experienced by former sporting stars.
In a recent 2018 study, State of Sport found that one in two former professional athletes stated that they did not feel in control of their lives within two years of finishing their careers. ~ The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
I could continue to...