Training Camp is an inspirational story filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. The story follows Martin, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He's spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the pre-season, Martin thinks his dream is lost - but then he meets a very special coach who shares 11 life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive, and might even make him the best of the best.
If you want to be your best, Training Camp offers an inspirational story and real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team (your work team, school team, church team, and family team) can achieve it.
Martin Jones stood at the five-yard line waiting for the kickoff. He
could feel the electricity in the air. The stadium was packed with
60,000 people-all screaming wildly-but Martin didn't hear a thing. His
eyes were focused on the flight of the ball. His ears were filled with
the sounds of his own breath and the perpetual thumping of his racing
heart. The smell of fresh-cut grass reminded him of the hundreds of
games, practices, and kickoffs that brought him to this very moment. He
had played thousands of hours of football throughout his life and yet he
had never experienced a moment quite like this. It was the moment of all
moments. It was his first pre-season game and as an undrafted rookie
trying to make it in the NFL, this was his one shot to get noticed.
Veterans didn't have to get noticed. First-round draft picks with big
signing bonuses didn't have to stand out. But undrafted nobodies had to
do something special during the pre-season to catch the eye of the
coaches, scouts, and key decision makers who would decide their fate.
Every play, every moment, every movement mattered. This was his one shot
to do something special, to make a statement that he had what it took to
compete with the best football players in the world. A great play meant
he would be on the team for at least another week. A mistake would
surely mean the end of his dream. An average play ... well, that wasn't
an option for Martin. Playing it safe was never his style, and he wasn't
about to start now. He was going to go for broke or fail trying. He owed
it to his high school and college coaches. He owed it to his family. He
owed it to himself.
And as Martin caught the kickoff, he made the most of his opportunity.
He ran slowly to the left looking for an opening as 11 opposing tacklers
raced toward him. When his blockers met the defense with fierce
collisions, he cut to the right and saw the opening he was waiting for.
It wasn't a big opening, but it was big enough for him to sprint through
it into the open field. A player dove at his feet, but Martin was one
step ahead. One person to beat and he was in the clear. The kicker, the
last line of defense, ran straight toward him, but Martin made such a
quick fake that the kicker fell to the ground and Martin ran past him.
All that was left between him and the end zone were two players that
chased him from behind. One dove and just missed his leg while the other
closed in on him. Martin pumped his arms and legs as fast as he could
and ran toward the end zone like a man shot from a cannon. Seconds later
he was celebrating a touchdown with his teammates in the end zone. He
not only caught the eye of his coaches and thousands of fans, he
electrified the crowd with his speed and athletic ability. Everyone but
Martin was stunned.
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