I remember recruiting a high school Quarterback by the name of Rick Leclerc. During a hockey game at the University of New Hampshire he asked me to describe the characteristics I thought a good quarterback needed to possess. The answer I gave him at the time is as true today as it was then and really sums up what is necessary. I said "Rick, when you enter the huddle behind 14-10 with 1:30 to go in the game and the ball is on your own 25 yd. line 10 pairs of eyes will turn to you and the one question in those eyes will be, "Rick, how are you going to get us into the end zone". That question will not only be answered in the next 1:30 of the game but you will already have gone a long way in answering it by the way you conduct yourself on a daily basis. Those around you must have a trust and faith in you that you are going to get it done."
Ironically, I just had a conversation with Rick where I recounted this incident and he immediately responded, "Coach, those words apply in every facet of life. The leader of a group about to make a million dollar sales pitch has all those eyes turn to him to get direction also." Rick has taken the experiences he had as a 4 year starting Quarterback and applied them to many successes in the business world.