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Handout #353: A Father-Son Story . . .; We Need Men

A Father-Son Story

When Lou Little was coaching football at Georgetown, he had a player who was definitely third rate but had so much spirit he was an inspiration to the team.  he rarely saw action except in the last few minutes of a games that was already decided.

One day news came that the boys father had died.  The youngster came to little and said:  “Coach, I want to ask something of you that means an awful lot to me.  I want to start the game against Fordham.  I think that’s what my father would have liked most.”

Little hesitated a moment, then said:  “Okay, son, you’ll start, but you’ll only be in there for a play or two.  You aren’t quite good enough and you know it.”

The boy started the game and played so well Little never took him out.  His play inspired the team to victory.

Back in the locker room, Coach Little embraced the young man and said:  “Son, you were terrificYou never played that way before . . . what got into you?”

The boy answered:  “Remember how my father and I used to walk around arm-in-arm?  There was something about him that very few people knew – he was totally blind.  This afternoon was the first time my father ever saw me play!”


We Need Men

We need men . . .

  • who cannot be bought. . .whose word is their bond.
  • who put character above. . .who possess opinions and a will.
  • who are larger than their vocations.
  • who do not hesitate to take chances.
  • who will make no compromise with wrong.
  • who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.
  • who will be as honest in small things as in great things.
  • who will not say they do it “because everybody else does it.”
  • whose ambitions are not contained to their own selfish desires.
  • who give thirty-six inches to the yard and thirty-two quarts to the bushel.
  • who will not have one brand of honesty for business purposes and another for private life.
  • who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as prosperity.
  • who do not believe that shrewdness, sharpness, cunning and long headedness are the best qualities for winning success.
  • who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, who can say “no” with emphasis, although the rest of the world says “yes.”– California Free Enterprise Association

— California Free Enterprise Association


When building the staff for his newly conceived computer company, H. Ross Perot hired the best people he could find.  His motto:  “Eagles don’t flockYou have to find them one at a time.”

A profession is a personal thing that man acquiresIt cannot be inheritedIt cannot be bequeathed.  Only he who, having made the acquisition, puts to use the knowledge and skill with all his ability and complete dedication of purpose can be truly called a professional.  – R.E. Onstad

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #353: A Father-Son Story . . .. 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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