Learning to Catch

Learning to Catch

For me, the way I learned to do a lot of things was different from how most people learned them. But if I was going to play football and be the best that I could be, I had to learn how to do whatever anyone else could do—but better.

Football coaches want guys that can make plays whether they have two hands or one.  
The learning process could be kind of tricky sometimes—like when I was learning how to catch growing up.


Man-- it was one heck of a journey. I took a couple of footballs to the head before I actually started catching it. But that never stopped me from learning how to catch.

We did all sorts of drills—like setting up bricks up in the backyard with sticks to make them look like hurdles and jumping over them. My dad used to throw the ball full-speed, and I had to catch it. If I dropped the ball, I had ten pushups. I don’t think you want to keep doing ten push-ups over and over again.

I was like five or six years old—and my dad was having me do pushups for every drop.
My dad always told me that if I want to be able to do something, I have to want to be the best at it. He always harped on that, and that was what I’ve always set out to be.

What I learned in the process was much more than how to catch a football. I learned that there are no limitations on me or on anything I can do. The only limits are what people say, but I’ve proved them wrong every single time.

I never set limits on things I can do and want to encourage everyone reading this to do the same.


Once you start setting limits, you accept that you can’t do something. When you begin to think there are things you can’t do, you find a reason to quit. If you start to quit things because they are tough, you’ll never honestly know what you are capable of.

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