Bill Cowher resigned after 15 seasons as the Steelers' coach on January 5, 2007, just 11 months to the day after winning 2005-06's Super Bowl XL (and yes I am a Steeler fan!). At North Carolina State University, Cowher was a starting linebacker, team captain, and team MVP in his senior year. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in education. And his coach was? Lou Holtz. In that book I was hoping you would read or listen to (Lin gets the first prize but there are more prizes to be had if you will read and share with me your thoughts), Coach tells a great story about Bill.
The team had certain rules, many of which you will enjoy reading about. Coach learned that Bill had violated one of them...he had fallen asleep in a study hall. Coach calls Bill and asks him if he did sleep instead of studying. Bill admitted he had. How long? he was asked. 20 minutes said Bill. So the coach said he had to run every day for a certain amount of time. Bill ran without anyone to check on him. Then a holiday break came in the school year. Bill was on his own. He didn't have to run. No one would ever know...But Bill would know, and Bill figured Coach would find out. So he ran the full discipline. That's the sort of man Bill Cowher was. I liked that story for many reasons...including the fact Bill Cowher coached the Steelers (who yesterday beat the Browns again this season, yay!) but there's a lot of unspoken virtue in many parts of this story.
Toward the very end of the book, Coach lists 4 things which we all need in order to be happy:
1. Something to do
2. Someone to love
3. Something/a god of some kind to believe in
4. Something to look forward to
On Lin's blog, she challenges her readers to answer those same questions in the comment area. I had fun doing that. And figured I would give it a try. Would you answer these, because I know you, my consistent readers, are happy people, successful and kind.