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The right call is a matter of life and death.   Recently updated !

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #4,626 that I’ve taught to football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades – make the right call about your call. Making the transition from childhood to adulthood is not easy. Growing up is a complex psychological process that involves varying degrees of pain and pleasure. Growth […]

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Tough times are the worst time or best time.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #3,933 that I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades – tough times toughen or weaken. One of my top ten leadership challenges as a coach and professor has been teaching the concept of tough times, of having to earn it, of having to fight […]


Generation X.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #5,714 that I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for 2 decades – demand it, supply it. The women I coach in the basement of X Fitness do more to become more. They do more sets, more reps, and use more weight pound-for-pound in shorter time than […]

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Something to fight for.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #4,646 I’ve taught to football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for 2 decades – don’t start something you’re not willing to fight for. Dual meaning. The first meaning is related to pre-Internet conflict. There was no Facebook in the 1970’s and 1980’s. There was no such thing as […]


The Sound of Lifting.

My Top 1000 Workout Song of the Day is the Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. It’s a masterpiece. It was released way back in 1970, year 2 of my 47-year workout streak. I don’t live in the past but I visit the past during every workout. Every workout connects the past, the present, and the […]

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Super Bowl Review – part 2

The Atlanta Falcons did not lose Super Bowl LI last Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. They lost last February, 2016, when no one was looking. They lost last March, 2016, when there was no crowd. And last April. So did the rest of the NFL except the New England Patriots. Championships are won and lost over […]


Super Bowl review – part 1.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #2,926 that I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades–contrary to popular myth, it’s not just a game. It’s serious business when you have to spill your guts year round to survive and thrive. It’s not just a game when everything you work for can […]


How to bring out the best.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #4,180 that I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades: bad attitude, bad feud. Dual meaning. First meaning: The cause of an individual’s bad attitude is the inner feud that rages inside the mind. Left unchecked, it spreads like a virus to the heart and […]


How to change for the better.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #5,111 I’ve taught to football players for 40 years and college law enforcement student for two decades – break it up. Quadruple meaning. First meaning: Fighting is not allowed at practice or games. Football is not hockey. You don’t have to fight because there’s plenty of legal contact allowed. Every fight must […]


Piling on – triple meaning.

Here’s Real-life Lesson #1,911 I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades – don’t pile it on. Triple meaning. The first meaning is a football meaning. Piling on is a major penalty in football. It’s illegal to pile onto the ball-carrier after he’s been knocked down. Piling on […]