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Monday, November 22, 2010

Groza Talk: Advice to the Class of 2020

"When a kid asks you for an autograph, you better give it to him. If not, I'll make you do it."
- Lou "The Toe" Groza

A junior high aspiring kicker mentions that their goal is to one day be a Lou Groza Award semi-finalist. We asked some of this year's semi-finalists for their advice. Here is what they had to say.

Collin Wagner, Penn State
"Make sure that you listen to your parents and your coaches. Sometimes they might not know what they are talking about, but for the most part they are always right."

Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State
"I'd tell them to just stay focused and keep working hard. There are a lot of things that can distract you and keep you from achieving the goals you've set for yourself. Don't get too high or too low... every kicker is going to have those "bad" days as well as good days. Eliminate any non-factors and focus on being successful! The key is to establish a work ethic early on that will carry you through both the highs and lows."

Aaron Jones, Baylor
"Find a way to kick that works for you and stick with it. If it works, it doesn't matter if it's what most people consider the "right" way to kick."

Joe Phillips, Utah
"Something my dad always told me that has stuck with me and helped to become the person I am today is, "you are capable of doing anything in this life, always believe in yourself and your dreams, if you do that you will be successful" - Michael Phillips
But it doesn't end there, you also have to put in the time and effort to make it to your goal. Just believing isn't enough you have to make it a priority in your life. Another thing to do is write down your goals; you are more likely to successfully reach those goals if you write them down compared to just thinking about it. Lastly, have fun doing it. Don't let it become a burden to you, enjoy every moment you have playing football, because there is guaranteed to be someone who wishes they were in your shoes."

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