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Respectworthy

January 21st, 2014 | Comments Off on Respectworthy

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ruffled a few feathers with the post game press conference screamed round the world.

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Is there anything wrong with Sherman’s passion?

Not really. Players that make big plays on big stages in big moments should be allowed to celebrate those moments appropriately with their teammates and fans.

Still, it would be wise for the NFL and every sporting league to consider adding a buffering time after competition for players and coaches to reflect before responding to questions. Fans and media alike can still drink in the raw emotions, after the adrenaline is drained.

Is Sherman ‘classless’, ‘a thug’, or ‘a human piece of garbage’?

Not exactly. Hardly. And obviously not, although I do enjoy the quite ironic description.

Apparently, the high road is closed in more places than just Seattle.

Did Sherman miss an opportunity?

Sure.

It is clear after watching, reading, and observing Sherman on the football field that respect is a hot button issue for him. Respect for his game, his character, his education, his accomplishments. Disrespect him and be prepared for the business end of his bravado.

For the record, I do respect all of the above. He is a first team Pro Bowl talent who passionately volunteers and generously gives to charities in his community, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Stanford University, and is what I consider a genuine success story.

Still, Richard missed an opportunity to demonstrate transcendent character on Sunday. Showing others the respect they have refused you is both noble and inspiring. Any observer would recognize that posture of humility and grace as a position held by someone of power, worthy of emulation and respect.

The fundamental misunderstanding of respect is its origins. The giver creates respect, as the result of observing someone worthy of the gift.

Unlike a Kaepernick pass fluttering back to earth, respect is not something to be snatched out of air in a show of superior strength, intelligence, or chest thumping.

Respect can only be given.

So, the real question is…

Is Sherman worthy? And are you?

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The Thing About Tim Tebow

August 15th, 2011 | 1 comment

Clearly defined values identify a person, their calling, and their destiny.  Whether you agree with them or not, Tim Tebow’s values are apparent for all to critique.

The interesting thing about Tebow is the effect his public display of his values has had on the American sports scene.

“In the 2009 BCS Championship Game, [Tebow] wore John 3:16 on his eye paint, and as a result, 92 million people searched “John 3:16″ on Google during or shortly after the game.” – Courtesy of Wikipedia and ESPN

“Before the 2008 season even started, Tebow had his name pulled from consideration for the Playboy Preseason All-American team because it conflicted with his Christian beliefs.” – Courtesy of USA Today

Faith is a value for Tim Tebow.

“Controversy surrounded Tebow’s decision to appear in an ad funded by the socially conservative organization Focus on the Family [alongside his mother] that was broadcast during Super Bowl XLIV on CBS.” – Courtesy of Radaronline.com 

“He’s given yet another example of his superhuman powers. The most popular player in SEC history is saving himself for marriage. Unbelievable.” – Clay Travis (AOLnews)

Family is a value for Tim Tebow.

“He would repeat as Player of the Year in his senior season.  One of his highlights as a high school athlete was finishing a game on a broken leg.” – Courtesy of ESPN

“On December 8, 2007, Tebow was awarded the Heisman Trophy… He was the first underclassman to have ever won the Heisman Trophy.” – Courtesy of ESPN

Winning is a value for Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s values have identified him, his calling, and will continue to impact his destiny.  Whether on the football field or off, it is clear that there is something we can all stand to learn from this controversial NFL quarterback.

Know your values and pursue them unashamedly.

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