Coach Reid finally gets his Super Bowl ring
In his 21st season as a head football coach, Andy Reid has finally climbed to the mountain top and won a Super Bowl as his Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. Are you happy for him? I certainly am. Not only can I empathize with him (took me 19 years to win my first NYS Sectional championship), but I also thoroughly enjoy the way he coaches. In the #CJJblog this week, I identify some of his qualities that make him one of the greatest coaches in recent memory. Enjoy.
- Work ethic. It won’t take you long to find countless stories of Coach Reid doing good for his team and those around him. He is an extraordinarily hard worker and is always, as the cliché goes, the first to arrive and last to leave.
- Many people criticized his move to not only draft Patrick Mahomes, but also to make the move to go with him as his starting quarterback in favor of Alex Smith at the start of the 2018 NFL season. He had the vision and proactive thought process to break up mediocrity and build up a championship team.
- Andy Reid is a great teacher and leader, as proven by the success of many of his former assistant coaches (Ron Rivera, Matt Nagy, and Doug Pederson, just to name a few). Are you a great leader and help those around you succeed?
- At 61 years of age, an NFL coach would ordinarily be considered old and out-dated. Coach Reid has grown and adapted better than any other coach in the league, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. His offensive mind is among the most creative in football.
- The Chiefs overcame double-digit deficits in each of their three playoff games (24-0 against the Texans in the Divisional round) and emerged victorious. This historic run could not have happened if Coach Reid was not tough-minded and promoted an environment of perseverance with his team.
- Self-awareness. He understands his weaknesses (defense) and surrounds himself with people who can complement them. Are you self-aware?
- Relationship building. Coach Reid builds great relationships with his team, his staff, and the fans. The outpouring of love and support for him after his victory is proof of this.
- We>me mentality. Just listen to him talk for a few seconds and you know that he is never going to shine the spotlight on himself. He is always sharing it with his players and how hard they worked together as a team.
Did You Know? February 15th is the 14-year Anniversary of the J-Mac game, which took place back in 2006. It’s crazy how time flies!
Life Tip #32: The harder you work, the luckier you get.