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Handout #304: Brawn is Not Enough . . .

Brawn is Not Enough

Athletic ability should go hand in hand with scholarship.  The man who has the downright courage and fine coordination to play any of our great games successfully should by the same attributes be an outstanding student.  Without a good mind he cannot play the game greatly.

To succeed in games, he must show attention, concentration, tenacity and initiative . . .  the very foundation of scholarship.  If he is truly a great athlete, it goes without saying that he has the energy and sparkling vitality that should also put him at the very top in the classroom.

We know that athletics, both in training and competition, build Moral Fibre, gameness, loyalty and Respect for Authority.  We know that they teach us to think clearly and act positively in the stress of a contest and that they make us more companionable and considerate of the other fellow.  BUT this training should be but the complement of a mental growth that is ours through driving study.

The day of the brawny, burly, brainless chap is past.  On the athletic field and in every day life, the world demands a keen, clear thinking mind, a virile body, all governed by kindliness, saneness and courage.  A combination of athletics and scholarship will develop such a man.  — Nebraska High School Association Bulletin.


How Do You Measure Up?

  • Three of the most difficult things in life are to keep a secret, forget an injury and make good use of free time.  — The Old Teacher
  • There is only one method of meeting life’s test:  Just keep on striving an’ hope for the best.
  • The five “S’s” that are necessary for football:  1. Spirit  2.  Speed  3. Skill  4. Savvy  5. Size.  If you don’t have the first four, don’t worry about the fifth.
  • He who won’t be denied will find a way.
  • Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. — George Bernard Shaw
  • You must become something more than “mere men” on the pain of becoming otherwise something less.
  • We like someone because.  We love someone although.
  • A successful person is one who went ahead and did the thing the rest of us never quite got around to.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

© {BCB}


For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #304: Brawn is Not Enough. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.


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