Motivated by disappointment
Posted April 12, 2011
I am fascinated by stories of how athletes, coaches and people in general convert life's disappointments into fuel to continue their drive toward success.
How will Rory McIlroy respond to his public collapse at the Masters?
How did Jim Abbott pitch in the majors even though he only had one hand?
How did Josh Hamilton sober up in time to save his career and become the American League MVP?
How did Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady overcome the bitter disappointment of a draft day shun to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time?
Tuesday night, ESPN continued their series on the year of the quarterback and their focus was on Brady's draft day. His father, Tom Sr., said they expected the Michigan quarterback to go in the second or third round.
Round after round passed. Quarterback after quarterback taken. Team after team left Brady on the board.
Round 3, Giovanni Carmazzi to the Niners.
Round 5, Tee Martin by the Steelers.
Round 6, Spergon Wynn was Cleveland's selection.
The wait for Tom Brady became too much as he watched the draft at home. He told his Dad that he needed to get out of the house. So, the future all-pro grabbed a baseball bat and went outside.
The interview continues in the ESPN documentary with Brady recalling the day. "It was hard," Brady said. "I remember taking a walk with my dad and mom around the block..." He paused, hoping the lump in his throat would leave and the tears welling in his eyes wouldn't spill onto his cheek. Gathering himself, Brady apologized to interviewee Steve Sabol of NFL films.
"Sorry about that," he said.
Brady's wait would end with the 199th pick in the 2000 draft by the New England Patriots.
"Finally when the Patriots called, I was so excited," Brady explained.
Tom Brady knows every team that passed on him and his goal for the past decade has been to pass on them...thousands of yards and hundreds of touchdowns.
His emotional pause during the ESPN interview proves that it still bothers Brady today and it's been a tool of motivation.
Most every athlete, coach or people in general have a moment like this. Not necessarily a draft story but a significant event that is crushing at the time. We've all had them.
Some overcome it better than others and quicker than others. But the key here is to TRY to overcome bitter disappointments. Let it motivate you.
Tom Brady did. Jim Abbott did. Josh Hamilton did. Rory McIlroy will.