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"When Professional Football Players Can't Put Shoulder Pads On Correctly."

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Yes, it's true. This is indeed a professional football player, making millions a year. He is just having a bad shoulder- pad day. Talk about anxiety.

If you ever played the contact sport, American football you are familiar with how rugged the game can get. Therefore, it is imperative players protect their bodies, like their heads, a cup for their junk area, leg pads, shoulder pads, etc. Incidentally, when I played pop Warner football many years ago, the school did not have sufficient funding to proceed the following year. So, it wasn't until my senior year in high school that I eventually decided to try my luck with the varsity team.

However, I did not count on having difficulty putting on my equipment like my shoulder pads. It had been a long time since the last time I even thought about these things. Talk about butterflies. 

Well now, I don't feel so bad though, after I found out about this true story concerning professionals such as Andy Reid and John Harbaugh:

Andy Reid meets with John Harbaugh:

Before he was leading the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh was cutting his teeth coaching adjacent Andy Reid, with the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re looking for a reason Harbaugh has been so successful, it could have everything to do with the lessons he learned then.

Asked recently to give a great story he had about working with Reid, who recently captured his first Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs, Harbaugh revealed that while he didn’t have a story, he had a great experience which taught him a ton about how to properly lead a football team.

Joshua Brisco of Sports Radio WHB interviewed Harbaugh and asked him what he learned specifically from Reid. As the Ravens coach explained, he gained a keen sense of how to deal with his players, and hold them accountable by watching Reid operate.

“One time, Terrell Owens first came in. He was great to have, he’s a hard-working guy. We were having an OTA practice, and Andy had determined a certain way we were going to wear our shells for practice. T.O. came out in tights, David Culley, the wide receiver coach had to tell him no, we don’t wear tights, we wear shorts over the tights. He went and put the shorts on. Later, he didn’t have the shells in the right way. Andy didn’t make a big deal. He just told David to tell the other receiver to go in the game, go into practice, take T.O. out. He stepped out straight plays. T.O.’s in the huddle, still, the shoulder pads aren’t right. The receiver goes back in the huddle again, I’m in. T.O.’s out the next plays. T.O.’s in the huddle a third time with the shoulder pads on the wrong way again - this time it looks like he has three of them, back to back and all on the wrong way.wron. Finally, he comes back with them in the correct way. Andy didn’t have to say a word. I thought that’s just pure gold right there. I tried to remember that.”

As Harbaugh admitted, Reid’s personality commanded the room and imparted plenty of lessons to coaches like himself.

“I learned a lot about confronting issues but not confronting people. When you saw that mustache start to twitch, you knew there was hell to pay, man. He didn’t have to say too much,” he said with a laugh. Talk about being a great sport.