People learn lessons from various ways, one way people learn is through personal experience. I learned two important lessons from my experiences with football. They are to be a successful football player one must be strong, fast, and lucky, and if a person truly believes in a dream, eventually the dream will come true.
Ever since I was in middle school, I wanted to play football in the NFL. As I got older and started playing football in high school, I realized that my dream of playing football in the NFL wasn’t going to happen because I lacked the speed and size necessary to play. However, if I worked hard, I had a chance of playing football in college. I had a new dream, a dream that was a little more realistic. I tried out for football my freshmen year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I didn’t make the team because I was too small for the position. I didn’t give up and worked really hard.
Everyday after class, I meet with the strength and conditioning coach and did endless repetitions of numerous exercises. The fourth week of lifting weights was the test week, and every fourth week I would be stronger than the previous test week. I was stronger than ever before. During the spring, I had football conditioning three times a week I would run sprints until I felt like I was going to vomit. Besides the pain, I felt during the workouts, I felt great because I knew that I was getting bigger, stronger, and faster. By the end of the year, I gained thirty –five pounds and was much faster. I felt confident that I could compete with the other linebackers on the team.
I tried out for football again my sophomore year, in hope of keeping my dream alive, this time at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. I ended up making the team. All of my hard work paid off. Finally I was strong enough and fast enough to play football in college. I was so excited. This is when I learned that to be a successful football player I...