Get Ready For YOUR Super Bowl!
This Sunday is a day where we, as a nation, become united under one sport – football. The NFL Super Bowl is easily deemed a national holiday and is the most watched televised event every year. However, I want to take look at the Super Bowl through the player’s perspective.
Ponder on that for a moment
In order to reach the Super Bowl, a team cannot lose a single game throughout the playoffs. Ponder on that for a moment. These players have to show up every Sunday in post season to reach the Super Bowl and then leave their hearts on the field on the last Sunday of the season. So how does a player prepare for the Super Bowl?
Jeff Darlington, a reporter for the NFL Network & nfl.com, interviewed several players and referenced their answers with quotes from other players who also at one time prepared for the Super Bowl. So here are some ways players prepare for that one special Sunday of the year.
Realization of the Possibility of Never Reaching the Stage Again
— “You may never get back to the Super Bowl in your entire career. So you want to make sure you soak up every single moment.” – Victor Cruz (New York Giants)
Confidence In Preparations & Keep It Normal
— “We made sure to keep the meetings the same, too. We got all of our work down before we got to Dallas so we didn’t get caught up in the media distractions. We understood the magnitude of the game, and we just wanted to be playing our best ball. You want to keep a little bit of normalcy, so we took a few days off, and then you get right back at it. You study your opponent and put in the majority of your game plan. You rehearse it and you feel good about it. So whenever you get to the city, you can just polish things up so you’re clicking on all cylinders.” –Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers)
Spend Time With Loved Ones
— “Being able to enjoy the experience with my family and friends who flew or drove to Miami was probably my favorite part of the week. I had about 25 people there. After practice, whenever we had down time, I tried to find time to hang out with them in the hotel lobby. Very simple. But very special.”- Jermon Bushrod (New Orleans Saints)
Visualize Success The Day Before
— “The most memorable moment was probably the night before. Getting ready, having that team meeting. We got fitted for rings before we actually won the game. That was a mental advantage, I think. You can visualize it. You want it. You realize that either way, it’s the last game of the season. You want to have your best performance. You’re sitting around with all of these people that you’ve traveled this distance with. It was special.” – B.J. Raji (Green Bay Packers)
Just Another Day at Work
— “…Once you get to that stadium, and you see all of the people, and the anthem is sung, you’re thinking, ‘Finally.’ You’re just out there trying to make plays, so when the end of the game comes around, you’re on the right side of the score…”- Charles Woodson (Green Bay Packers)
Leave Everything on the Field
— “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” – Vince Lombardi
These are the ways these football players prepare for their big Sunday! So, what can we take away from these tips and how can we apply them to our own Super Bowl?
We hustle and fight our way to reach the stage.
There are times when a championship title is looming around the corner. We hustle and fight our way to reach the stage. However, reaching the stage is only part of the championship run and preparations are key to our success. Just like these athletes prepared for the Super Bowl, we must do the same. We must realize that this can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We have to be confident in ourselves. Confidence feeds into our ambition even more! Confidence guarantees success and makes the big stage seem normal to us. It is normal to us because most championships require us to do what we normally do with just a lot more at stake and a lot more hype.
We must also turn to our support systems so that we may take in their positive energy, prayers, advice, love, etc. We have to visualize our success and never forget it. We should attack that day as if it is just a normal day on the job to decrease stress and get into our comfort zone. Most importantly, we must leave our hearts out on whatever field it is. Every championship comes with a price. It comes with sacrifices and obstacles, but like Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” No one said the road would be easy to get to our Super Bowl and no one said the “W” is a guarantee. So in prepping for your Super Bowl, look back on this article and take these tips to prepare.
Prepare, be confident, be ambitious, succeed, and as always #ThinkPositive!