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Good Athletes Have More Than Talent, They Have Character

It’s all about respect and character in my book and I’m glad my sons have learned the importance of these qualities in athletics, and in life.

There’s no question that being a good athlete requires talent and natural-born ability, but I believe it takes more than that to be first-class complete athlete. Regardless of talent level, a good player needs to be coachable, be a good teammate and be a positive influence.

My sons have played football for years and my wife and I have always stressed to them that it takes more than talent to be successful on the field. You have to step onto the field, whether it’s practice or a game, and show character. A great athlete should be respectful of their coaches, teammates and the game itself. When a team is involved in a community project, players should show up because they want to, not because they have to.

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