I was reading an article on the Great Jerry Rice, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. He holds almost every receiving record in the history on the NFL including an incredible 208 Touchdowns scored in his 20 year career. The next nearest is the equally Great Emmitt Smith at 175. An interesting fact about Jerry Rice is that he was a relatively unknown college player out of Mississippi Valley State when he was drafted in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers.
The interesting thing was as a rookie to impress his stellar teammates, he would take every catch that he made in practice and run it all the way to the end zone. Not something that many receivers did or do today. He did that his entire career, everyday at practice, even after he became a superstar, he ran every catch that he made in practice to the end zone. He said about this:
“I was conditioning myself,” Rice explained. “So that when I caught the football, it was automatic. I didn’t have to think about it, going straight to the end zone.”
How often do we do that? Do we practice our scripts with the end in mind? To we take every training opportunity as an opportunity to condition ourselves to arrive at the very end that we desire.
This is something that I found very interesting, and I hope that I can take something from this information. Have a great weekend!
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