Perfect Performance Director of Football, Alameen Murphy #4 served as 2x Team Captain for Stanford University.
The legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.” Leaders are put in a position of power to impact their teammates and team. They are looked to in times of need and are often the most respected and reliable members of the team. To be looked at as a leader is one of the highest honors a person can have on a football team.
Following the firing of Urban Meyer from the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN analyst and Monday Night Football Announcer Louis Riddick went into a passionate speech about leadership. In this speech he mentioned that good leadership is composed of three things.
1. Earn Respect and Build Credibility
The first step in becoming a leader is earning the respect of your team. You earn respect by doing things the right way, when it needs to be done, at all times. This includes showing up on time, proving that you can be trusted (both on and off the field), and being consistent in what you do. People are more likely to follow someone who is consistently good, opposed to someone who is inconsistently great.
2. Competence (Expertise)
On most football teams, in order to qualify as a leader you must be looked at as a veteran or have a high level of experience and expertise. These players must display competence in many aspects such as knowing the details of their assignment, knowing their teammates assignments, knowing when to arrive to meetings and practice, and being a reliable teammate. You do not need to be a senior on your team to be considered a leader. Even a young player who displays a high level of maturity and knowledge can be viewed as a leader. A good leader is someone who a coach points at and tells all new players to follow.
3. Positive Energy
Lastly, leaders need to be a distributor of positive energy. If you think about some of the greatest leaders the sport has seen from Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, and Brian Dawkins they all brought positive energy to their team and had a positive impact on team morale. As a leader you cannot be a person who complains or makes excuses. Leaders must make sure everyone believes in themselves and their teammates. This does not necessarily mean you need to give big speeches and lead the pre-game chant. Having a positive impact could be as simple as encouraging a teammate to pick his head up after a negative play or continuing to display extreme confidence in even the worst scenarios. Remember, energy is contagious whether it's positive or negative. If you are a leader, make sure you are spreading positive energy.
For players interested in competitive skill development, come try-out for our TeamPP Elite 7v7 team. TeamPP 7v7 Elite is our comprehensive high school and middle school 7v7 program that practices, trains and competes in national and regional winter and spring tournaments. Our program is a high level off-season development tool that focuses on performance (strength, speed, agility, quickness), skill/technique development, and teaching game acumen. TeamPP will be led by NFL Veteran, Leonard Stephens, and TeamPP and Stanford University football Alumni, Alameen Murphy. TeamPP 7v7 Try-out Registration Link
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