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Few know them, but when Terrell Owens He grew up in a modest neighborhood in Alabama in the 80s and wanted to be a basketball player. Ironically, fate had prepared a different path for him: to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as one of the best recipients in league history.
His mother gave him his middle name, Eldorado, not knowing what that word meant in Spanish (El Dorado). As if it were a self-fulfilling prophecy, Owens became a star player on American football franchises like San Francisco 49ers (1996-2003), Philadelphia Eagles (2004-2005), Dallas Cowboys (2006-2008), Buffalo Bills (2009), Cincinnati Bengals (2010), Allen Wranglers (2012) and Seattle Seahawks (2012).
“He was a skinny kid from Alexandria, Alabama who loved basketball and looked up to Michael Jordan. I didn’t start playing football until I was 14 in high school, but I didn’t know that one day I would play professionally, “said the athlete at the beginning of his conversation with Juan Murra, principal of professional and graduate studies at Tec de Monterrey at INCmty2020.
Raised by his mother and grandmother along with his brothers and sister, Terrell had only one thing on his mind: he wanted to be relevant. However, when he started working on the school team, he found that his teammates were better players than him and that he had to work a little harder as a result.
“Through exercise, a child can learn the concept of teamwork, recognize that there are things they can and cannot do, and assess when there should be more,” said the athlete.
When he was on the high school team, Owens shared a jersey with 90 other guys and he didn’t really stand out. He said he was late in development but was lucky enough to have recruiters looking for a recipient as they neared his school, but they saw something worth exploring in him. This earned him a scholarship to the University of Chattanooga and from there his career began to blossom.
“I started to believe in myself a little. I knew I wasn’t as good as everyone else, but I understood that if I made the right efforts and surrounded myself with the right people, I would be on my way, “Owens said.
For the player, however, not all was honey on flakes. When he got into the professional league, the design wasn’t the first choice. He was eventually selected by the San Francisco 49ers, but this stalled start left him with great doubts.
“When I talk about the people who have helped me become the recipient I am, there are great coaches. One of them was San Francisco trainer Larry Kirksey. During my third year there, I struggled to get the most out of my game. He knew I loved basketball and he said to me, “Imagine playing one-on-one with the player on the other team who is blocking you. You have to look beyond him, ”Owens recalled.
The athlete points out that while this explanation may seem like a comic book anecdote, it worked for him as he “turned on a lightbulb in his brain” to understand what he should do to improve. It wasn’t something that happened out of nowhere, however, but that moment taught him where to work to improve.
“You’ve probably heard it many times, but it’s real: you need to get out of the way. You can over-analyze things and therefore you need to have people around you who can give you a good perspective of what is happening to you.
Terrel Owens and Juan Murra / Image: Via INCmty2020
Terrell Owens’ 3 Ds: Desire, Discipline
For Terrell, this path led to a philosophy that can be applied both in the field and in everyday life.
“When I was first nominated for the NFL Hall of Fame, I didn’t really understand how big that honor was,” recalls Owens, recalling that he didn’t watch much TV as a kid because his grandmother was strict. “I didn’t play to get into the Hall of Fame or I knew I would play in a national league for 15 years. Little did I know at the time of the nomination that I had gathered the stats that put me at the best moment of my career. ”
Owens had to do a lot of interviews after that nomination, and then as he watched the shows he thought about how he really got to where he was.
He wondered how the skinny boy from Alabama got there and developed his philosophy of 3 Ds: Desire, Commitment and Discipline.
- Wish: It is what makes you want to get something. The passion that moves you. You have to want to be and do something with your life.
- Dedication: It is an obligation to be realistic about yourself and to understand that you have to work to achieve what you set out to do.
- Discipline: The work you have to do to keep improving day by day. In other words, discipline is the bridge between your goals and success in achieving those goals.
This became a mantra for Owens, who never won a Super Bowl but was not influenced by his way of thinking.
“Even though I’m not a champion in the books, I’ve always played the way I was.”
Anyone can use this 3D, whether you are an athlete or not.
You have to find joy in what you do
Working very hard is a basic requirement to be successful and make a difference in the world, but it’s worthless if you don’t enjoy what you are doing. At least that’s what the former NFL player thinks.
“You have to find joy in everything you do. If you don’t like it, then whatever you do, no matter how much you love it first, becomes a job that you don’t love. ”
If you enjoy what you do, the athlete says, the results will find you.
Owens recalled a few moments in his career when he was criticized and pointed out the importance of believing in yourself, not just one day, when you don’t understand that you deserve to be better .
“There is no magic rule to be better. It’s very simple: you want it or not ”.
Terrell points out that the secret was realistic to him; knows he wasn’t as good as the others. So he always used every opportunity to improve and ask questions.
“When my classmates went on trips during my studies in the summer, I couldn’t afford it. So I used that time to go to the school gym and improve my body. ”
With this in mind, Terrell emphasizes that every effort adds up. You may not see the results you want right away, but gradually prepare yourself to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered to you and that you have dreamed of.
“Many people think they deserve something and maybe they do, but life may not give you it. Work on and on so you can go your own way. ”
During his career, Owens was often criticized for certain actions or for being very vocal in opinion. When asked how I deal with this, the former NFL player simply said: The opinion of others is not your problem.
“My grandmother raised me to tell right from wrong. And in my life I’ve learned that you won’t always like everyone, “he said.” People will talk about you one way or another, but at the end of the day you have to do your work on and off the place for yourself let yourself speak. ”
Owens in the field / picture: Depositphotos.com
Speak on a historic day
Terrell Owens’ lecture to thousands of people associated with the INCmty will be held on the same Tuesday as the US presidential election. In this context, Owens, who is in one of the key states of the competition, Florida, indicated that this vote is about the future.
“That’s why people voted in record numbers early on, and today they’re going to vote because they are voting for their children and grandchildren. No politician is going to be 100% good, but it’s about finding the person who works for the American people. ”
He noted that he personally doesn’t care who is responsible as long as it is a person who understands the importance of democracy, decency, compassion, and empathy.
“After what happened to George Floyd, who is an African-American father, I couldn’t stay silent,” reflects the athlete. “I’m not a politician, but at the end of the day it comes down to simple human decency. To recognize what is good and what is bad ”.