Patriots Hall of famer Steve Grogan believes humility is the #1 asset for athletes

Steve said, “Throughout my career, from high school through college and then professionally, there was always a sense that someone better than me could be playing my position. I just kept working hard and doing the best I could and outlasted all of them.”

It wasn’t easy, though—physically or psychologically. “It is always tough when you are asked to sit down. I went through it the first time in my career back around 1982 when the Patriots drafted Matt Cavanaugh in the second round and decided he was the better player.  I did what I had to do to help the team until my turn came again, which it did. Then they drafted Tony Eason, and within a year they had him starting in front of me. I always did what was best for the team. I kept my mouth shut and tried to help Tony, and my turn came again, fortunately.”

Recognizing he wasn’t always the best was an important element of personal growth for him. “On the Patriots, we had a lot of great leaders. I wasn’t the only one,” he said. “One thing I realized is that humility is the number one asset for someone in a job like mine. It’s hard when someone tells you you’re not good enough anymore and then sits you on the bench. You don’t know whether your career is over with or how long it’s going to be before you get to play again. You’re waiting for the chance to do something you love to do.”

Over the years, he developed plenty of coping strategies, he said. “I just found that rather than moan and groan and complain about things, it was a much better approach to just go out every day and practice and have fun. Whatever the coach asks you to do, do it to the best of your ability. Then, no matter what happens, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes it will work out, sometimes it won’t. But if you start complaining and feeling sorry for yourself, then more often than not, you’re not going to get another chance.” Click here to read more ==> http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com/2010/11/15/steve_grogan/

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