Seattle Seahawks running back coach Sherman Smith, who we profiled earlier this month, shares his thoughts on coaching in a recent interview with us.
As a coach, Smith has a clear vision of who he wants to be and how he’s going to get there. He understands his athletes, and knows what it takes for great athletes to become great players.
“I talk to the guys about being accountable, being responsible and being dependable,” Smith tells WinForever. He also tells us football players can’t disconnect their lives, as in one can’t be the antithesis of those adjectives outside the football field.
“They go together,” Smith exclaims. “If you’re an accountable, dependable, responsible person, then you’ll be an accountable, dependable, responsible player.”
As we often teach at WinForever, the role of a coach is not just to teach a player to play the best. It’s to help them become a great person, maximize their potential and become a better player for the team. Sherman Smith realizes that and urges his players to tie together their lives: “You have to have your focus together off the field, and you just bring it with you on the field.”
Smith tells us that football brings out the true character of people and he enjoys being a part of it: “Playing football is a lot of what you do, but it’s also who you are—so you get to see who a person really is on the football field.”
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