THE LITTLE THINGS!
When it comes to the other 33 percent of Football, most people tend to forget that it makes the other 66 percent run efficiently and the 1 percent lose thier minds. See Special Teams is the ULTIMATE way of setting a tone in a Football game, it is also a fabulous way to END a game. I did not start off playing Special Teams in pop-warner until my FOOT found the ball. Then it seemed like I never took a play off, at any position, ever since. Why is that? Special Teams you can prove yourself to not only your Coach, but your entire TEAM. You can show them how bad you really want it! Most Special Teamers are not starters, they have chips on thier shoulders and they want to take what's rightfully thiers. In short, Special Teams is a way to literally crack open the SKULL of Politics! Chances are going into College as Freshmen, you are not going to be a starter. They want you to "Develop" and "mature" some, BUT YOU WANNA PLAY! Best way to show them you belong on the field is throwing perfect blocks on return and HEADHUNTING on Kickoff. Safety is a big concern in the NFL/NCAA today so "HEADHUNT", as safely as possible. Honestly I never understood how any man carrying a ball and another man tackling him, in any fashion could be deemed safe, but what do I know, I just played Football for over 22 years now. Anyways that is a another topic, for another day! Special Teams is the nuts and bolts of Football, whether you like it or not. Most games Start and End with a Special Teams play and if your a QB/P you better be able to hold a Pig Skin. In the Kicking game, every fine detail really does matter! For instance if the holder is off just one inch from the spot you took your steps from, it can effect the ball 3-4 feet at it's end result, depending on how far away you are. Most Snap, Hold and Kick operations are mastered at around 1.2-1.3 Seconds, sometimes slower and sometimes faster. So when you have a guy like Dalton Fisher, who is coming off the edge and getting to the block in 1.4 Seconds, you have NO room for error. This is why I love Special Teams, It teaches us about the LITTLE THINGS in Football and we can translate that to our every day lives. See I have learned that mastering all of the FINE DETAILS will produce HUGE results. Some of us mastered Special Teams so well, that the next year we became a Middle (MAC) Linebacker in Arena Football (ME). I actually found Linebacker to be a much easier position, to master the details and to be able to dominate. The reason being most opponents do not have the "Details" mastered yet and are using "RAW" Talent to try and stop you. Well we all know how this turned out, I was able to achieve over 20 tackles in 2 games playing, while suffering a massive concussion on a 55 yard DROP KICK TRY! I even got my first ever SAFETY against West Texas! I have always been a great athlete, but once I started to fine tune myself and my game, I now step on the field knowing I cannot be stopped. Your mind set has to change to a "SPECIAL" mind-set to achieve overall greatness in life. Mastering every detail is first and setting small goals everyday, once you crush those you start making bigger goals. But we must also remember thier are MILLIONS of things to master first, before we can start on a pursuit of chasing perfection. Because that is all your going to do, is just chase it. Some will come close to grabbing it and then fall far from it. Our main goal must be to strive to make the little things all perfect, than we will watch bigger things occur on a daily basis. I want to WISH all of my Scout Trout Family a Very SPECIAL Holiday Season and let's SHINE BRIGHT this New Year!
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