Last night, I was working out at the gym I own, X Fitness. Doing chest-shoulders-back with my Womenâ€™s Lifting Team in #TheBasement of X Fitness. Not just an ordinary workout, an Outlier Workout. A gym member asked me if I watched the Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles playoff game that was on TV on the main floor of X Fitness.
People assume I watch football on TV at X Fitness because I coached football for 40 years. I love football as much as anyone. I can prove it because I coached it for free for 40 years. Thatâ€™s True Love. Working for free is True Love. Working for free to change lives, to make an impact, to make a difference is even Deeper Love. But I donâ€™t watch entire, pro football games on TV or college football games on TV. I havenâ€™t watched a full football game on TV since I was a kid, before I started coaching football. Here are the reasons why:
1. All my football energy had to be focused on my football team, not someone elseâ€™s team. Coaching football has never been my full-time job. I coached football while living and working in real-life. I had to balance coaching football with being a father of three daughters, husband, working full-time, writing books, owning a gym, and working out every day of my life without any breaks. I refused to waste time and energy as a fan. The NFL and college football donâ€™t support my teams. I donâ€™t support their teams. Football Energy is real. Itâ€™s valuable. Football Energy is the difference between first place and dead-last. Canâ€™t justify wasting Football Energy being a fan.
2. My football ideology doesnâ€™t fit TV football ideology. I hold the world record for the longest no-kick streak. No punts, no field goals, no PATs. Half of our kickoffs are onside kicks. Reason? Going for it works. No-kicking ideology wins, especially in the Football Poverty that I coach in. Going for it 100% of the time is not a gimmick. I canâ€™t stand watching pro or college football games being decided on field goals. Field goals, PATS and punting all send the wrong message – SETTLE FOR LESS, WIN LESS. That became Real-lIfe Lesson #7,613 that Iâ€™ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for 2 decades. Never fear going for it. Never fear being different. Consequently, I donâ€™t watch what I donâ€™t believe in.
3. My poor, illiterate, immigrant Italian father, Antonio, hated all sports. Sports on our black + white TV in our 1960â€™s living room was not allowed. â€œAre they going to pay you to watch?â€ That was another of Antonioâ€™s Real-Life Lessons I learned. I didnâ€™t get it then. I get it now. They donâ€™t waste time, money, and energy on my teams. I understand why they donâ€™t. They canâ€™t afford it. Neither can I. I canâ€™t afford to invest time, money, and energy in watching things that give zero return.
Blessings + all good things.