I would just like to take the time to congratulate you on becoming part of our family. My freshman year I made a tough decision to redshirt and it has honestly become one of the best decisions of my life. I say that because the past four years absolutely flew by. Having the ability to continue my education and come back and work with you towards our goal of a national championship is something I really do look forward to. With that being said we all know you are a great athlete. Take this summer to fine tune those skills and stay in shape, but make sure you have some fun as well. Coming into school in the best possible shape is only going to help you to get onto the field. The summers before and during college will be the best summers of your life so enjoy them.

Being on the older side of the team I have had the chance to grow up with most of these players and they are now my best friends. The bonds and friendships you are going to make over these next four years is something that will last a lifetime. You are going to be forever changed and matured after your time as a student-athlete. I am sure you have heard this a hundred time but these next four years are going to be some of the best years of your life. So make sure your embrace them with an open mind and get ready to buy into the system that makes this place not only great place to further your education, but play some of the best competition in the nation in one of the top facilities in the country.

Good luck this summer. I look forward to seeing you in-shape this fall.

Your teammate

Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.

This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.

I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.

Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?