Conference media days are, in all honesty, pretty predictable. Coaches will say how great their teams are, players will talk about how their team unity this year is unlike any other and Steve Spurrier will say something adorably provocative. It’s like the leaves turning in autumn, just an annual rite of passage
But Ameer Abdullah did something special this year. In an eloquent, passionate, 11-minute speech, Abdullah talked about the true meaning of being a student-athlete.
“If someone is stronger than you, you have to train harder. If someone is faster than you, you have to run smarter. If someone is smarter than you, you have to train longer and harder.” Abdullah said, recounting a time when Lavonte David embarrassed him on the practice field.
He talked about how someone with a college degree will over a lifetime earn $1 million more than someone without a degree, making the comparison that getting a degree is like winning the lottery by working hard and making your grades.
He talked about how childhood friends of his had made poor decisions and ruined their lives. About how important it was to be responsible for choices in your life, because in one moment of carelessness or irresponsibility a lifetime of hard work and potential can be washed away.
Stop reading this and listen to the man’s speech if you haven’t already. He’s worth far more of your time than any of my poor words could be.
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