Last Sunday, the
Denver Broncos surprised many in the sports world when they defeated the
Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. While much can be learned from studying the game, in
my opinion, a major reason Carolina lost is revealed in the way their
quarterback, Cam Newton, handled his interview after the game.
In this press conference, Cam Newton had an opportunity to speak and make
a profound and positive impact on the sports world.
In his 3rd year in the NFL he is one of the most outstanding quarterbacks
in the NFL. He lead the Panthers to a 15-1 record in the regular season
and into the Super Bowl. Many players play their entire career and never
play in a Super Bowl.
But instead, he has
He offers no hope,
no wisdom and honestly,
Frankly, to me, he comes off
Part of being a "Champion NFL Player" is to be able to talk to
the press in a professional manner whether you win or lose.
When other greats like
Tom Brady or
Peyton Manning lose a game, they always give some insight as to what occurred in the
game, pointing out some positives and respectfully acknowledging how well
the other team played. More importantly, they
treat the press and the fans with respect.
Cam Newton had his three minutes to
speak to the world and all he could do was mumble about being defeated and walk out of the
Here are few things I have learned about failure from getting kicked through
my fair share of life's keyholes.
1. Our true character is defined not by how we handle success but in how
we handle failure and adversity.
2. You have to learn how to lose before you can know how to win. The only
thing that stands between you and success is failure. Once you can handle
failure, there is nothing between you and success.
3. The mindset of a champion is that he is never defeated. A champion maintains
his composure and continually assesses how to succeed.
4. Victories give us confidence. Failures give us knowledge. Too much confidence
and too little knowledge is a dangerous combination.
5. And lastly, as my mentor, Oscar, taught me, "The good lord doesn't give you youth and wisdom at the same time."
Hopefully Cam Newton is a little wiser in his next interview....and Super Bowl.