Case Keenum and Chase Daniel are two lesser-known QBs who are just as important to their teams.
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It's no secret that the most talked about figure in sports last week was former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady . The Professional American Football Hall of Fame member announced via social media that he would leave the franchise that helped rejuvenate and lead to six Super Bowl victories over the course of two decades.
However, there are two other lesser-known quarterbacks who have not only managed to stay in the league (a feat in itself, considering the average NFL career is just over three years), but also They are making money by being good teammates and teachers.
Case Keenum , formerly with the Washington Redskins, signed a three-year, $ 8 million contract with the Cleveland Browns to be Baker Mayfield's backup. Chase Daniel , previously with the Chicago Bears, signed a three-year, more than $ 13 million contract with the Detroit Lions to back Matt Stafford. Here's a breakdown of the value they bring, Super Bowl titles or not, and the lessons you can apply to your own career.
On game day, both Keenum and Daniel know there is a good chance they are on the bench, either sitting on the bench or standing near the head coach with a clipboard in hand. Both signed not because of how fast they can run or how far they can throw, but because of the value they bring Monday through Saturday in helping the coach prepare.
Everyone who plays in the NFL wants to be on the field, but the big backs know that it's their job to prepare the starter for any situation. Ego and pride run rampant throughout the league (as can happen in business), and many players are thrown out of teams.
In your current role, whether as an entrepreneur, employee or boss, try to keep value ahead of visibility. What do you bring to the team that keeps your business moving? It may be something you consider small, like organizing a meeting or correcting a document, but it is important. It has value and so do you.
Master your job description
When security backups like Keenum and Daniel are hired by teams, coaches mainly expect three things:
- An experienced veteran who can act as a sounding board for the incumbent.
- A decent guy who can impart wisdom to the team in different settings.
- A capable option if the holder falls that can intervene and keep the team competitive.
Look at these three adjectives: experienced, decent, and capable. A head coach is happy when a backup meets those expectations. Much of our professional career is focused on promotion and we forget to master the title we currently have.
In your own job it is important to review the job description once every three to four months. Study what you are constantly doing and evaluate the areas in which you could improve. This is not new information for any of us, but you are likely to have longevity simply by being experienced, decent, and capable.
Learn everything you can always
Quarterback Steve Young served as Joe Montana's substitute for four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers . His frustration at not entering the field changed when, as he describes in his autobiography , he sat next to Stephen Covey , author of the famous The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , on a plane trip.
While Young lamented his current situation against Covey, focusing on the cons rather than the benefits, the author stopped the quarterback with some poignant questions: “Wait a second, is this the best team in the league?” “Do you play for the best coach?” “Is Joe Montana around you all the time?” “Can you ask him questions?”
Young answered yes to all four. He would go on to have a career that would take him to the NFL Hall of Fame.
There is a good chance that Case Keenum and Chase Daniel will not be as well known as Brady, but they have done enough to stay valuable and employable.
If you want to stay at your workplace, sacrifice your ego, master your job description, and agree to be learning as much as you can. There is always a chance that you will be called to a great game.