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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-3-19)

 IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-3-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

The recent retirement of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck caught the entire football world off guard. There is much speculation for the reason, but Andrew cited current and past injuries as the main reason. It's never easy for any athlete to walk away from their sport, and especially at the professional level where so much money can be left on the table.

Most people have supported Luck with his decision, but there will always be naysayers who want to make this more about them and tweet negative comments and opinions. Regardless, Luck came to the conclusion that now was the time for him.

There comes a moment in every athlete's career when it's time to step away from the sport they have played. The reasons can range from injury, lack of ability, or loss of desire. When the time comes for you to make that difficult decision, I hope it's because you have come to that conclusion on your own and for all the right reasons. 

In the meantime, cherish those moments you have now with your teammates and coaches. Have fun every day and enjoy the comaraderie.  These days are never guaranteed!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-27-2020)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Super Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes was quite the high school athlete. He starred in basketball, baseball and football.  However, the professional sport of football he now plays was not his best sport in his younger years. 

Today, most student-athletes tend to specialize in one sport early in their high school years. According to Mahomes’ high school football coach, he was much more successful in basketball and baseball his 9th and 10th grade years.

He played defensive back in football until his junior year. He wanted to be a quarterback and thought briefly about giving up on football since he wasn’t playing the position he desired.

Multi-sport athletes in high school seem to be a dying breed. I encourage all athletes to play as many sports as they can for as long as they can. Just think, if Patrick Mahomes had chosen baseball or basketball early on, he may have never reached his full potential as an NFL quarterback !

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