My Pops sent this to me, which made me love it more. There’s something about sports that really tugs at my heart and emotions. Maybe I would have been a stronger athlete if the game didn’t have so much power over me, but it is what it is.
Passion, sacrifice, hard work, physical talent and ability, years of painful training, triumph…defeat. The entire roller coaster still gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. And what I love even more when it comes to sports–a good underdog story. I like being the “little guy.” You have to work harder, want it more, sacrifice more, take more criticism…but everything changes when you have that moment. That moment when you round third base and head home to score the winning run; that moment when you take that last solid step to kick in the final goal; the moment you lean in as you cross that finish line; or like for Alex Smith, that moment came in his game against the New Orleans Saints when he threw “The Catch III” to say to the world–“Hey, I’m still here and stronger than ever.” There’s something in that very moment, possibly in a portion of a single second when it clicks and everything starts to make sense. Every stumble, missed catch, hurtful word, or painful injury you had to endure to get to that moment. There is some sort of magical marriage between the release of every emotion felt possible and this incredible peace and calm in your heart. The power in this moment is so overwhelming…complete chaos and control all in one harmonious moment.
So push your self today and tomorrow. Embrace the underdog, work harder and want it more–whatever it is. And if you’re not quite sure what that is, don’t beat yourself up. Go find it…but with patience and understanding that your moment will come. Always be grateful and humbly ask yourself, “Who has it better than us?” Nobody.