All the Confidence in the World

Jarrod CooperCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores a touchdown in front of linebacker Rolando McClain #55 of the Oakland Raiders  during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Texans won the game 31-24.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Many people ask me the same question when they find out that I have played in the NFL. What did it take to get to the NFL, and how did you keep from getting distracted? I thought I always had the answer, not until recently did I sit down and really put some thought into this question. Confidence is the answer, nothing successful happens in the NFL without confidence.

By now everyone knows that you don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest person to play in the NFL. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have all that going for you, but when it comes down to it confidence is what drives a player to excel.

There has never been a time in my 24yr years of playing football did I ever think that someone could beat me on the field. If you ask any player in the NFL they will tell you the same thing, and the reason is confidence. Developing confidence at a young age not only helped me get through a financially rough time in my childhood but also created within me a strong mental drive, which would ultimately put me in the NFL.

Confidence is what allows you to function in today’s world, it gives you the ability to drive a car, or talk to a stranger. It is possible to have too much confidence.  Look at Sarah Palin, she has so much confidence she already thinks that she is the first women president, and that brings me to my next point. Confidence can very easily take a turn for the worse if an individual cannot properly control it. The expression “All the confidence in the world," means nothing without the ability to control it. People will get so much confidence their sense of reality becomes warped.



In the game of football coaches and players are constantly having their confidence challenged.  How you handle yourself after being challenged will define you as a player. If a player has a bad play the first thing he does is talk to his coach so that the problem can be addressed. Afterwards you forget the bad play and prepare to continue with the game. I say prepare because it’s not easy to forget bad plays so it takes mental strength to move on to the next.

Like I said before every player in the NFL thinks that they are the cream of the crop. With every man on the field in the same mind set confidence, will start to turn into uncontrollable egos. When you mix ego and a warped sense of reality you have a recipe for disaster. I say this because when a team continues to lose games players’, egos began to flare. Players and coaches will start to put blame on each other and players start to play for themselves and not as a team.

I don’t think that the Raiders are in self destruct mode just yet. It is only the first quarter of the season and the Raiders have plenty of time to make all the non believers hush up. Each week Oakland's young talent seems to shine just a bite more and the offense is gaining more yards every week with the play of Darren Mcfadden. The Oakland Raiders 1-3 is not the best way to start a football season, but San Francisco 0-4 is a lot worse. If you sit back and compare the two teams the Raiders are leaps and bounds ahead of the 49ers

I will say that Tom Cable is entering a very dangerous time as head coach for the Oakland Raiders.  With so many injuries on the table the team will need some kind of leadership to keep it from sliding down the hole of no return.  

Oakland's report is just about the same as last week.  Young players stepping up and growing within the NFL.  The offense line is playing at the poorest level you can play to stay in the NFL.  This is my last week I am going to be nice about the Raiders performance.    Rating 4.0

Jarrod Cooper

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