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Greatness Doesn’t Always Come in a “Five-Star” Package

It’s been three weeks since the Super Bowl (Sorry to my friends from Seattle for bringing this up again!) and a couple of weeks since National Signing Day.

From those two events, there were a few things that stood out to me—and reminded me of what really matters on our road to Greatness.

If you’re a college football fan, National Signing Day can be a media circus. The sporting networks track every four- and five-star recruit and their college football program selections—or rumors of their choices—relentlessly. Fans are barraged with information about where the alleged “most talented” players are going.

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What Greatness is NOT: Maryland at Mid-field

Over the last five years, I have written over one-hundred and fifty blogs and newsletters about Greatness—the imperceptible things that make the best athletes and leaders dramatically different from their peers. This past weekend, I saw what it wasn’t.

One of the most “sacred” events in collegiate and professional football is the exchange of handshakes of team captains after the coin toss. It is tradition to show a moment of sportsmanship and extension of camaraderie to your opponent. During the game the players will hit and play hard, but it is always good to open this battle respectfully.

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Are You in Their Head?

College football has once again intercepted a powerful life lesson in the quest for greatness.

This week, the value comes with one glance at the Top 5 Associated Press rankings. Alabama is the top rated team in college football followed by LSU, Oregon, Florida State and Georgia. It’s a list of football powerhouses that are the dreaded matchup for every other team on their respective schedules. Just imagine the kaleidoscope of emotions that run through opponent’s minds when they line up against the firepower and winning tradition of the Crimson Tide. In many cases, these NCAA treasures have beaten their opponents before they’ve ever stepped on the field.

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The Sweet Brand

College football is ready to kick off another year loaded with opportunities for greatness.

But the countdown to kickoff goes beyond the usual sell-out crowds or the frequent clashing of helmets and shoulder pads.

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