Many years ago I became interested in football. The player that caught my attention was quarterback Joe Montana, with the San Francisco 49’ers. This is what I saw: strategy, control, focus and amazing accuracy.
Moving on to Indianapolis, my home-town. A city that received the Colts in the middle of a dark and rainy night, October 31, 1984. The team came in on buses, from Baltimore, Maryland. With that team came running back Eric Dickerson. I will never forget how he could simply extend an arm out to stop a play. He was focused. He meant business. My eyes were glued on Eric.
I will admit, I did not watch much football this year. Peyton Manning suffered from an injury, the Indianapolis Colts didn’t succeed well without him on the field. But someone close to Payton did, that would be his brother Eli.
Yesterday I watched a recording of Eli Manning on the Tonight Show with David Letterman.
I did not see a football player sitting in Dave’s armchair. I saw Eli Manning a manager.
Eli Manning with a move of a foot directs his team members to do what Eli sees fit on the field.
Eli gauges the temperature of his competitors, he gauges the placement of his players, he looks at the clock, he knows who is on the field, he knows the boundaries, he knows what has to be done, and he strategizes.
Eli Manning also knows to accommodate and make changes as needed. He is determined. He sticks with who he is, and what he is.
Eli may be a football player, but I see him as a leader. He has a team. He has a focus. His job is very much like small business. He knows the product that he needs to produce, and he produces it well. When the work is done, he shakes the hands of his opponents and he stands strong to his will.
Who does not want to win the Super Bowl? The super bowl in life, that is, knowing that we have done the best that we can do. We may not wear several MVP rings, and we may not want (nor earn) millions of dollars. But we can move forward with focus and strategy, meeting and exceeding our life goals, but also not letting others down as we plunge through the end zone.
I want to do that. Don’t you?
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