If you are a High School Football connoisseur, or live in the DFW Metroplex or both than you likely kept up with Euless Trinity and De La Salle, the previously nationally #1 ranked team in the country on Saturday night played at Vernon Newsoom Stadium, in Mansfield, Texas.
The Trojans, of Euless came away with the victory, and have since made headlines having played in the spotlight game of the week.
Let me gear the focus off of what happened on the field, and direct it more towards the principles of the game, of football itself.
De La Salle (Concord, California) recently had a movie made about their legacy (“When The Game Stands Tall”), that follows their 151 game winning streak (longest ever in high school football history)
.More than that though, the movie, and the characters tackled the off field drama of High School Football, and a big part of the story featured main character, head coach Bob Ladoucer’s (Jim Caviezel) life as a head high school football coach.
In the movie, Ladoucer is sought after college football teams to come and coach them, but he doesn’t even consider their offers, because he doesn’t see what he’s doing as a “Coaching” job, rather as a mentoring position.
His reason, in the film is that college athletes are just selfish, and only about making it as a pro athlete and the fame and fortune. I bring that all up to talk about how coaching is just as much about being a role model as it is coaching your team to victory.
Look no further than former Euless Trinity coach, Steve Lineweaver, and of course as in the film, (now) former head coach Bob Ladoucer at De La Salle. Football is about character, and not just about money, or fame, or fortune. To be a coach, you really have to sacrifice your ego, because what you’re doing isn’t about yourself, it’s about getting a group of guys to buy into a life system, and hoping that the impact you made on their lives is shared.