Jim’s Journal: Put Your Helmet Back On

July 16, 2013 in Jim's Journal

When I played football in high school and college we practiced an awful lot (regardless of the weather). Rain, snow or 90 plus degree weather, it did not matter – we were on the field. During the session, we practiced once a day. During summer training camp, it was twice a day, sometimes three times a day. When it was HOT outside, we would attempt to take our helmets off. We were tired, hot and sweaty, and wanted to get some air. If our coaches caught us, they would immediately yell, “Put your helmet back on!” They reasoned that they wanted to toughen us up, that we were not allowed to take our helmets off on the field nor at any time during the game. They wanted to create, as they liked to say, “Game conditions.” Well, we have game conditions every day. Some call it “conflict”. Many avoid conflict at all costs. The next time you’re up against that “C” word, remember, “Put your helmet back on, buckle that chinstrap and get back in the game.”

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