My time coaching in the NFL was rewarding, challenging, stressful, exhilarating, and also a privilege. The first time I put on gear that carried the NFL shield was exciting. The idea I was having an opportunity to be part of a world of coaches and athletes at the pinnacle of their profession was stimulating and intoxicating. I couldn’t stop peeking at that shield every time I would put on a different piece of clothing. I would think, “Wow! I’m really here coaching.”
It’s more than the fact the league is so popular, but the people in the league are so special. I reflect on my career and the years I spent coaching in the league and feel proud — from winning a championship to coaching on an expansion team with one win. I enjoyed being part of an elite group of athletes and coaches.
So many of the players and coaches display the character-building traits that makes being part of a team so rewarding: hardworking, committed, passionate, relentless, determined, and persistent to name a few.
When the doors closed on my professional coaching career it didn’t change my feelings about how fortunate I was to be part of such a popular game and more importantly, so many exceptional people.