Motivation | Football | Toughness

“…there is some merit in putting up with the pains of unearned punishment” (I Peter 2:19)

Mike Ditka, former coach of the Chicago Bears, is one of American football’s living legends. Throughout his career, both as player and coach, Ditka demonstrated great physical toughness. Once, when the Bears were losing a game at half-time, Ditka went all-out to inspire his team to do better — play tougher. Standing before his men in the locker room, he reached his right hand down into a bucket. He then removed the hand with a snapping turtle clamped tightly to it. With his face registering severe pain and the snapping turtle hanging onto his bleeding hand, Ditka lectured his astonished men on their need…

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