IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-16-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
How do you view competition for a starting position on your high school team? It’s sometimes tough to accept losing a starting spot.
Andrew Whitworth, a starting offensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals, has an approach (quoted in Sports Illustrated) that can help you with that dilemma. The Bengals continue to draft good offensive lineman yearly and he welcomes each one with open arms. He even gives them tips on how to get better.
“At the end of the day, who you are as a man (woman) is more important than who you are as a football player. For (those guys) to one day be as good as they can possibly be is more important than whether or not they beat me out. If you’re a true warrior, competition doesn’t scare you. It makes you better.”
Hopefully you can apply this type of attitude the next time you are fighting for your position!