NFL Players In Their Own Words

Words from the Wise

Willie Anderson:

"I would say to guys coming out of college early into the NFL, 'Man, don't lie to yourself. You can lie to everybody else, but don't go fool yourself, because this is the real world out here. And if you know in your heart that you're not ready for it, you can always come back again. Because once you come out, you can't go back.'"

Fred Beasley:

"It's how bad you want it. A lot of guys, they get the opportunity, but they want it handed to them, versus going out there and working, and sticking with it, and doing the things they got to do to make a team. They're probably used to that in college and high school, but the pros are different. You've got to get out there and work, and do the things you've got to do to get the opportunity to play on this level. A lot of guys miss that. They've been fed off a silver platter all these years, and they don't care about the silver platter up here. It's all about what can you do for me."

Carlos Emmons:

"Get your education. Don't bank your life on making it to the pros. I mean, it's a one-in-a-million shot. No matter how good you are in high school, there are a whole lot of good high school players that come out. You may feel like you're the best thing out there, but there are so many good players coming you, you may only be average. So you need to look within yourself, and realize that don't bank your life on it, get your education, and if that happens to come, then you've been blessed, and take advantage of it."

Jonas Jennings:

"Get your books. You've got to get your academics first, because you can't get anywhere without your books. And you've got to go to through the college level first. Don't think pro: Take one day at a time, and do all the necessary steps it takes to get there."

Willie Anderson:

"Don't ever say, 'Hey, I made it.' Because the day you say that, is the day stuff starts to fall apart. You have to have that mind set, that every level I get to, I'm never going to be satisfied. If you're a Freshman in high school, and you get picked to be on the varsity team, don't be satisfied with that. Try to start. Once you become a starter, don't be satisfied with being a starter, try to be a good enough football player to earn a scholarship. Then don't be satisfied, just because you got a scholarship, go try to make an impact your Freshman year, if you can. If you can't, then you wait your turn. But when your turn does come, make an impact and never be satisfied.

"With all the successful people in the world, no matter what it is, if you ask them how they got to the top, they'll tell you they never got satisfied with what they had. Those people in the world, they think like that. To be a successful athlete, you have to think like that. You can never rest, because you always know there's always somebody younger than you preparing and doing the same thing you're doing."

Jonas Jennings:

"My mom always taught me, never worry about nothing you can't control, and that right is right and wrong is wrong, regardless of the situation. I kind of live by those two creeds, and my life really goes pretty smoothly."

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