Since being awarded the National League MVP in November, Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen gets the questions all the time.
What’s the key to success?How did you get the MVP?What makes you so calm and confident?
Because of who he is—the NFL's MVP and single-season record holder for touchdowns—wide-eyed kids excitedly surround him as he arrives, anxious to peer into their hero's face.
And because of who he once was—a kid, a hero worshiper like the ones that encircle him—Shaun Alexander appreciates the power of the moment. He signs autographs, slaps high fives, and poses for cellphone photos, smiling for each click. He doesn't deny a request.
Alexander, the Seattle Seahawks' running back with the knack for scoring touchdowns, is touring the old YMCA in his hometown of Florence, Kentucky, the building he bought last year for $1.8 million...
Read the remainder of Shaun Alexander's story from our September/October 2006 issue here...
Winter Olympics great Eric Heiden was very practical in his view of gold medals. In essence, they’re nice to look at, but not very useful.
“I’d rather get a nice warmup suit. That’s something I can use. Gold medals just sit there. When I get old, maybe I could sell them if I need the money,” said Heiden, winner of five gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
He understood the triviality of the medals, which are much like the trivial nature of wealth or stockpiling things because we just have to have them. When it came down to it, Heiden needed equipment to train more than he needed the medals. And when it comes down to worldly things compared to spiritual things, we should see the disparity between the two and store up treasures in heaven. As Matthew 6 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...”
Keep going,” my editor said.
“Okay,” I replied, as I veered from turning onto the street where the Sports Spectrum offices are located.
We needed to get away. It was deadline week at Sports Spectrum, which means sleepless nights, burning eyes, and a terribly strange aroma in my office that smells like Panera coffee and Little Caesars pizza. During these weeks, my editor and I often find it helpful to get out of the office and drive around...
In one magical season that reads like an Oscar-winning movie script, Kurt Warner went from NFL quarterback wannabe--just two years ago he was a third-stringer who played in one game--to league and Super Bowl MVP. "He's a book, he's a movie, this guy," said St. Louis Rams former head coach Dick Vermeil after Warner led the Rams to their dramatic 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV by throwing for a record 414 yards.
Well, the book's already out. It's Warner's autobiography, accurately titled All Things Possible. The movie? There's nothing in the works--yet--but if you take Rudy, Rock, and Field of Dreams, and roll them all into one, you'll get the idea what Kurt Warner: The Movie would be about.
Read the rest of our feature on Kurt Warner from our November/December 2000 issue by clicking here...
There were times in my athletic career that I made “working” an idol. If I wasn’t No. 1 on the team, or if I wasn’t on the varsity team, I would work harder…and harder…and harder. Somewhere, in the depths of my mind, was the thought that if I kept working, I would one day be rewarded for all I have done.
I think I did this with my spiritual life for some time, too. Actually, I think we all do...