Commentary by Dick Gallagher

7:58 AM, Aug 19, 2012   |    comments
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"Leave Everything on the Field"

Several years ago a High School football player was playing in a championship game in the Carrier Dome.

In the closing minutes of the first half he broke into the clear and looked like he was going to score a touchdown but was caught from behind and was tackled at the five yard line. His team failed to capitalize on the opportunity and didn't put any points on the board.

The players team lost the title game by a single point an while walking off the field he said, "I should never have let up."

I asked him what he meant and he said, "During the season every time I was running for a touchdown no one ever caught me. When I was running the ball toward the goal line late in the first half I let up at the ten yard line and as a result was tackled. If I didn't slow down I would have scored and our team would be state champions."

The players lack of focus and effort for a few seconds cost his team the game.

When the opportunity presents itself you have to give 100% effort on every play. The only time you can let up is during a timeout, halftime or at the end of the game.

If you are driving a car and you are not focused for a few seconds an accident can happen. If you are watching a child and not focused they could be injured.

To be successful in life one needs to always be focused on the goal and to always give 100% effort.

Every time you put on a uniform is a job interview and every time you don't give your best hurts your team and reputation.

The aforementioned player didn't get a second chance to play for a state title and the rest of his life he carries his mistake in judgment, lack of focus and effort.

This weekend marks the start of the 2012 football season.

Make sure you leave everything on the field and give your best on every play for the entire season.

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