Perseverance, Perseverance, Perseverance

Football season is about to start here in the U.S., and there is a lot of space to fill by the sports columnists during preseason.  In the Washington D.C. area, we can’t get enough of our new star quarterback, Robert Griffin III.  Every interaction with head coach Mike Shanahan is dissected and discussed.  In this morning’s Washington Post, Sally Jenkins wrote about the Quarterback / Head Coach dynamic, and quoted head coach Mike Shanahan on his reflections on what made John Elway, the star quarterback of the Denver Broncos in the 80’s and 90’s so great:
John Elway
A part of experience is how to deal with setbacks.  One of the best attributes Elway ever had was his perseverance.  People told him for 14 years he couldn’t win a Super Bowl, but his drive enabled him to win in years 15 and 16.  All he heard for 14 years was that he didn’t have the touch.  There were so many things people would say.  ‘You can’t win the big game.’  He never, never gave up and was always the leader of the team despite adversity.  With that drive and perseverance he was able to win back-to-back Super Bowls.  To me, what I admired the most was that he would never, ever give in.  He was just relentless.  Anytime you have that willpower, to never give up, that separates people.
From dictionary.com, the definition of perseverance:
steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Amen.

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