It is nice to see the ‘professional’ in front of ‘athletes’ hold that meaning.

August 13, 2010

I am a football guy. I grew up in Central Pennsylvania. It is in my blood. And whether or not you are as passionate about the pigskin as I am, I hope we can all appreciate when someone delivers a once in a lifetime speech that awakens something in us.

And former Denver Broncos runningback, Floyd Little, did just that during his Hall of Football induction last Saturday. During a time when the spotlight was on him he deflected the praise and instead gave thanks. Thanks to those who helped him be the best he could be, on and off the field. As he spoke I was inspired, I was in awe, I wanted to be better myself.

Regardless of what personally drives you in life, love, business, and pleasure, I think most of us what to leave the world a better place than we found it. To pick people up not put them down, to give someone belief in their abilities when doubt sets in, and to leave a lasting impression not a forgettable passing.

It is after I see things like this that makes me wonder why you would want to be anything less than your best. I know it is never that easy, however, I do know that nights like last week are needed to remind us all of the good we can do, if we simply work at being purposeful, passionate, and dedicated.

Now enough of my words, here is how Mr. Little ended his influential and inspirational night.

“Because of those that encouraged me in those early years, I am here today. So I want to encourage you, every student, every athlete, every person who will hear my voice, don’t listen to the naysayer. I had plenty of those. Don’t listen to those that will judge you for your rough edges. Don’t focus on your weakness so you won’t become a victim. Find the goodness in you that says ‘Yes, I can be a good student. Yes, I can be a good son and daughter. Yes, I can be a positive role model. Yes, I can, because the good in you is better than the worst in most.’ The choice is yours. Be the best that you can be.

I truly believe that none of us is anything until the least of us is something. The great writer James Baldwin said, ‘Naked I came into this world and naked I shall leave.’ We are bound to leave everything we accomplished in this lifetime behind, passing it on. So leave a legacy that you and your family can be proud of.

I’ve given you the best that I’ve got. And I’m a better person for it. Thank you for being here with me and for me. I thank God for His favor today, and may God bless us all. Thank you so much.”



  1. If we all lived by that simple but powerful phrase, “none of us is anything until the least of us is something”, this world would be awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    • I know. And the sad thing is it really can be done, but people don’t give any more purely for the sake of doing so.

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