Try New Things

This past weekend was a first for me. I have been associated with football in one manner or another since my sophomore year of high school. That’s right, I didn’t start playing football until I was a sophomore in high school. Keep that in mind when I talk about playing in the NFL. But the way I did football this weekend was a first and probably the most nerve racking of all.

This weekend I took a big step and put myself out there in a way that I had not done before. I’ve played football in front of thousands. I’ve been on TV playing football. I’ve spoken about football in front of group big and small. But this weekend I talked about football, on TV, for thousands of people (maybe more) as the color analyst on the ESPN3 coverage of Illinois State University vs Valparaiso. I had never done anything like this before. Talking to friends and coworkers about football is one thing, but providing the game analysis during a live broadcast is a completely different animal. And I was nervous.
Nervous mostly about doing something new, something I’ve never done before, and doing it live with who knows how many people are watching. What if I screw up? What if I don’t know what to say? What if I don’t know what I’m talking about? So many “what if’s” mostly based on what other people were going to think. That kind of thinking is not going to get anyone very far.

Worrying about what other people think about you or your performance is the quickest way to never doing anything. That’s a reminder I give to myself on a regular basis. I want to expand myelf, hone my skills, set an example for my kids that they don’t have to be afraid to try things they’ve never done before. There’s so many reasons to say yes to new experience and challenges. I’m going to keep doing it. That’s life. That’s fatherhood.

What have you said yes to lately?