Yesterday one of the finest leaders in the athletic world lost his job. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay decided to release my favorite player, 4 time NFL MVP and former Super Bowl Champion, Peyton Manning.
Manning is arguably the most commanding offensive mind a football field has ever seen. His greatness as a quarterback has led to a decade of on-field dominance. Off the field he has been just as great, building a hospital for children and representing the Colts franchise with honor and pride.
My favorite thing about Manning is his work ethic. When drafted in 1998, he received a mammoth contract. Someone asked Peyton what he was “planning to do with all of that money.” Without hesitation, Manning replied, “Earn it.” And earn it he certainly did.
Manning’s former coach, Tony Dungy, tells a story that sums up Manning’s character. In 2007 the Colts drafted Ohio State wide receiver, Anthony Gonzalez. That spring, Gonzalez
was completing his studies at Ohio State and therefore unavailable for offseason workouts with his new teammates. Manning, who is obsessed with preparation, decided to take matters into his own hands. According to Dungy, Peyton would get in a car and drive three and a half hours from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio to workout with Gonzalez. The two would workout for ninety minutes and then Peyton would make the three and a half hour drive back. He did this twice each week. The Colts finished that season 13-3.
There are many things to learn from #18. At the top of the list is that hard work trumps talent. Don’t misunderstand, Manning is certainly talented. But the truth is he just outworks everybody else.
Proverbs 14:23 is one of my favorite verses and I suspect #18 likes it too. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to profit.”
Are you really giving full effort at work? Does your work matter? I hope so. Too much is on the line for you to give less than your best.
from #18 and become a leader who is willing to go the extra mile. It will separate you from the competition.
If you don’t believe me, just wait about a year and then ask Jim Irsay. He is about to have an opportunity to learn the definition of the word void.
What is your opinion of Peyton Manning?