Jim Tressel, the head coach of The Ohio State University college football team, wrote an article yesterday entitled, "Buckeyes Spring Football 2011: Halftime Report" and we have a few comment that we would like to share on his update. (Note: The indented paragraphs below were written by Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel and published on ohiostatebuckeyes.com while our comments are in red and follow.)
As preparations for spring football began, our staff and team certainly had shared off-season experiences that provided tremendous opportunities to improve and grow. We learned a great deal about ourselves and about others. Prior to concerning ourselves with the fundamentals and techniques of the game of football, we felt as if we needed to make some personal decisions as we moved forward. Hence, we chose to read as a team the book, The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews.
The Traveler's Gift is a simple book that outlines seven decisions that determine personal success. It has been an ideal teaching tool for us as we seek to grow with this young team. For nearly 25 years, I have been utilizing "team books", and I really feel that this book by Andy Andrews is the perfect book for our football family at this moment in time. We actually have Jerry Rudzinski, former Buckeye great, to thank for sharing this book with our staff. It has been a blessing to both the staff and players.
First off, a big "hell yeah" on making those personal decisions as you guys move forward. It has been an off season that would test the commitment of any group of individuals assembled to achieve a team goal. I can't imagine the pressure that so many uncertainties placed upon these young men, but I'm happy to note that it was spun into a positive learning experience about opportunities and group relations.
Also, Jerry Rudzinski was (and probably still could be) a beast of a player. Playing linebacker, he lettered all four years at Ohio State 1995-1998 and served as a captain of the Buckeyes his senior year. He knows a thing or two decision making and success. Nice to have these guys still contributing to the program. As for the book, I haven't read it but it is now on my to read list.
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