SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: All about teammates

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM.

In the last 40 years, I've been a part of some great organizations in the workforce and in churches I've attended. From a team perspective, none of those groups match the experience of being on my high school football team.

Too often, clichés such as family, brotherhood and bond are used to express a group's unity. Those words didn't do justice to my high school football experience.

My teammates and coaches were, and remain, my family and brothers in life.

The coaches pushed us to find something deep within that we didn't know we had as they pushed us through grass drills before practice and wind sprints at the end of the day.

When we were punished with extra running or extra hitting for missing an assignment on the field, it was to strengthen our resolve, not to make the mistake again and to be a better teammate.

I won't pretend there weren't problems on my team or, for that matter, every team. I've seen teammates fight each other after practice on Wednesday and stand together against a common opponent Friday night.

Team members, like family members, might sometimes fight with each other, but they will always fight for each other against a common foe.

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