Tune into this week’s takeaways with football virtuoso and former professional quarterback Cleveland McCoy. Cleveland joins hosts Simon and Marie on the latest episode of For the Love of Sport, to talk about his experiences playing football from a young age, and turning pro. He also walks through his current work running youth programs as a coach and mentor to young athletes at his organization Quarterback Football Training. Here are three major takeaways from the conversation:
1. Mentors and Coaches Make a Huge Difference
A good coach makes a good player, and a great coach makes a great person. Cleveland speaks to the impact his coaches and mentors had on him during his time in youth sports and how they influenced him to follow their lead in going the extra mile with his own players.
2. Parents and Players Have Different Expectations
Every player is at a different place in their sports journey. While some kids may be ready for high-level competition, some may not yet be at that level. Cleveland talks about the importance of defining the line between recreation and competition and where players' and parents’ expectations may differ.
3. The Cream Always Rises to The Top, and Hard Work Always Pays Off
Cleveland discusses his thoughts on what separates great players from the rest. He talks about his work with youth players at QBFT and what he’s learned that fuels players to be more successful in sports and life.
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