Balancing the Warrior Mentality with Humility in the NFL

To younger players with concussions, retired NFL player Thomas Jones would say to ask questions and take care of yourself because even though the coaches and trainers care about you, they care about winning more.

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[Thomas Jones] It's okay to not know something and ask. It's okay to find out information. The NFL—to play in the NFL you have to have a certain type of confidence— a certain type ego to play and last. It's the most testosterone-filled sport in the world to me. From the coaches, from the players— you have to be confident. You have to be cocky and arrogant and aggressive. You have to be otherwise you won't make it. I don't care who you are—you could be the coach you could be the secretary at the front at the desk— it's just in the air. But at the same time you have to be humble enough to learn. And I think that I was blessed enough to remain humble throughout my career to learn as much as I possibly could, and I hope I can just pass some of that information to the other guys so they can learn from some of the things that I learned from. I would tell a younger player who had a concussion to make sure that he was okay. Obviously, you want to believe the trainers— you want to believe the coaches. But realistically, they care about you, but they care about winning more. It's the business—it's nothing personal. You can't take it personal.
Posted on BrainLine August 19, 2013.

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