Dedication: You Decide

NFL Pro Scott Young Speaks

Don’t Let Anything Get in Your Way! – People always ask me what was it that separated me from all of the other tens of thousands of players at each level, and allowed me more opportunity for scholarships and eventually a pro career. The first thing I always tell them is DEDICATION is number one, without dedication there is just a shell.

As a young player, I knew that I wanted to be a professional athlete and I was willing to do whatever I possibly could to better myself and enable me to move on to each goal I set for myself.

I had to put things on hold in life continuously so that I could spend more time working out, practicing, studying, and staying healthy. I had to put friends, hanging out, family vacations, girls, and even hobbies like fishing and hunting to the side. I knew that I had to be the first one in the weight room and the last one to leave and that carried over into the classroom. I had to set goals at each level to make it to the next.

Set goals but start off with simple goals that allow you to reach for bigger goals. I couldn’t have had as successful a high school career as I did without setting goals for myself to play varsity as a sophomore and become a team captain as well as start at two positions. By setting those I knew that I had to do all of the little things to make sure that those happened. I had to have good grades, stay out of trouble, go to all team workouts, lift weights and run extra on my free time. All of these little goals were what enabled me to take it to my bigger goals and have a chance to set new goals on the college level and then NFL.

There are some people that have God given talents and physical traits that make it easier for them to succeed, but I am telling each and every one of you that if you give it your all you will at least give yourself the best chance possible and never be able to look back and say things like “I should have”, “I could have”, or “I wish that I would have”.

I come across people all the time that say things like “If I would have kept my grades up, or tried a little harder I would have played college sports, but I let something else get in the way.” Don’t let unimportant things get in the way of your dreams and goals. I had many very talented friends growing up that had the athleticism and ability to probably even play College sports but they couldn’t let outside distractions keep them from their goals. Some let bad grades, girls, or even drugs get in the way.

LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS! WHEN THEY SAY DON’T DO THINGS, DON’T DO THEM! THERE IS A REASON YOUR PARENTS TELL YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM CERTAIN THINGS AND IT’S ALWAYS FOR THE BEST IN THE LONG RUN.

Give yourself the best chance by being coachable and then listen to your parents for guidance. If you can listen and be coachable it will payoff without a doubt. It may not be in athletics but that is alright. If you are successful in life that is all that really matters at the end of the day!

You decide your future and if you set your mind to it the only thing that will stop you is you. Be mentally strong and take things one day at a time, one practice at a time, one season at a time. Set goals between off-season to prepare yourself to be the best you can be for the following year. Talk to your coaches and share your goals with them. Athletics teaches us all how to be great competitive human beings who can work as a team for a common goal. Don’t let anything get in the way of stopping your course to your goal. Good luck to you all! • HSSI