"It was my job"
Jim Kleinsasser is a professional football player. Well, was, anyway. He retired a couple days ago, shortly after his team’s season ended. Kleinsasser played 14 seasons—all for the same team—occasionally catching passes, but mainly blocking for the team’s primary ball carrier. In a brief interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, here’s what he remembered has his proudest moment as a player:
“Remember Adrian Peterson’s record-breaking game against San Diego? [Peterson rushed for a single-game-record 296 yards against San Diego as a rookie.] I had a block in that game I’ll always remember. It was a kick-out block to the sidelines, I think it was Shawne Merriman, and Adrian got a huge run, and he went on to make history. That was always important to me, because it was my job.” [Emphasis mine]
Note, Kleinsasser didn’t talk about his touchdowns (and with only 6 in 14 seasons, you’d think those would be memorable).
He talked about pride in doing his job.
As you’re kicking off the New Year and thinking about what you want to accomplish, are you thinking more about the accolades and awards or about the effort you plan to give? Which one do you think matters more?
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Great Post! It is indicative of a number of people who are part of something bigger than themselves. Being from a family of military and a former collegiate athlete, I can attest to the importance of perfecting your function to support the larger effort. I only saw the field a precious few times, but the moments were only a fleeting moment of the journey – not the culmination. I appreciate the post to remind us to recognize the rest of the team instead of only the leader or front man for the results!