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You're crazy is -- night coming back stronger -- -- valor but adversity thank you may hear your -- -- it was like being off for now here you this famous football player quarterback for the New Orleans safe.
They -- your big time -- Melissa.
Well you definitely uncharted territory really that's come about -- Tony Dungy -- the same thing the editor he was here tell him as both in the Senate at the same path and that is.
Do we actually had the same publisher Nintendo house publishers.
Actually called coach dungy to talk about the prospect of writing a book just because.
You know it's never something I thought I would do especially I think this.
This early in my career.
And and Tony really gave me some great advice and that was -- he had the same reservations about doing it and commit that he did it he got a letter in the mail his first letter from a mom saying that.
His book -- changed her son's life in such a positive way and really turned around and he said that made it all worth it and that's really what went on trying to do with this book is hopefully really impact people are very positively that if it ever since -- in New Orleans and even before then you've been very community minded community involved is that.
-- -- added responsibility of it's a sports.
Celebrity and -- community to do be as involved as I do I do -- who -- I feel like.
It is I've been given a platform as a professional athlete I've been blessed with so much my life and I just wanna be able to give back was -- me and I think that some believe it's a lot more natural to some people -- -- others.
And it's just something that comes very naturally to me and I'm not quite sure where came from an early -- view -- leader on the field you always say you wanted to be.
In his sport where you had controlled the ball right that's like that's right leader -- -- you're doing tomorrow in -- hand to the end you wanna be able to sure pull the strings and I guess I've always been fortunate enough to be in those positions and implement trying to -- that that's and that it was -- -- team.
This there was and I came from a very sports minded sham where they are very type a personality famine where everybody wasn't all the sports are very.
Confident their abilities and very you know everything was a competition and inspire growth or people think it comes naturally and I'm sure to -- largest and obviously you have the innate ability to do it would you put in a lot of work and even in the off season.
We just aren't enough -- in the amount of time you spend Washington every play with every team that you're involved with.
I mean this a lot of work well with an ever -- a philosophy you know you're either getting better you're getting -- you know saying the same thing so I need to continue to put in that time that effort to get better my my goal is to just get better but a little better every day every year do you feel that you're.
Level of involvement and work in focus is far beyond that of the average player.
I'm not sure as a quarterback I'd say in general the quarterback usually spends more time because we are responsible for.
A lot more in regards to calling the play in getting guys lined up and you know check in -- the line of scrimmage recognizing defenses and all those things -- were responsible even compared to an archer.
-- health and then you're really you're your precision ability to throw.
Is that something that just came naturally to you spent hours and hours.
Well if I feel like everybody has their own unique throwing style everybody you know but but just like some people are born to do certain things.
-- was born to play quarterback I mean I believe that just because.
I do believe I have certain god given talents and I can't describe how I throw or the feeling necessarily but just the fact that it it -- makes sense to me.
What what was in this book that you mean there's so -- in here and what about your personal life.
About your injuries about New Orleans -- community service what's the take away from this that you want -- Well I feel like there is definitely a level of vulnerability in this book where I really tried to put myself out there just so people could understand you of the journey that I've traveled -- -- this point.
And the adversity that I face in my life in the mindset that I tried to create while going through that adversity.
To turn that negative into -- positive to turn that adversity into an opportunity.
They would -- means strengthened me help me to come back stronger and you do you need adversity to be to get to -- -- would you be Louis U or without senators now.
-- I can honestly say that I think any person who is.
Experience some level of success would say that it was not an easy road and there were there were bumps along the way and they had overcome certain things they were knocked down they had to get back up but in the end.
It was the lessons learned through that and the strength that they gained and left in their faith and everything else that brought them.
Two point where they were able to accomplish something greater than ever thought possible what was the darkest country.
In you know in my life now.
Well going through my injury my right shoulder injury coming out of you know San Diego and not knowing where I'd be thinking my career might be over.
Certainly going through death of my my mom last August was a very tough time a very emotional time in a very confusing time troll for awhile.
There's been there's been a few -- You've talked in some enemies have read that you've given -- even before the vote came out that you spent twenty hours on the part of the book about your mom.
And that you had the digital relationship with early -- even go into great detail about what some of the issues where.
Yeah you know I feel like there's certain things that are.
-- private and it.
Then -- the point of that story was not too.
You know -- -- my side of the story is -- why you know things broke out my mom or why I was.
Upset with -- -- it is I really do I'm right she's wrong though you know and and and because -- out of -- that was necessary but what I do feel -- was necessary was.
Just to paint the picture that you know what this is something that a lot of people go through and I don't know how many people knew that a bomb near new circumstance surrounding -- mother or.
But I hope that.
I know that there are people out there that have dealt with this or are dealing with this or will deal with this and maybe this -- can give them strength to go through -- How did you get to -- you've got to perform every day you've got to continue doing your job you better -- incredibly focused.
One of things you pride yourself on knows how focused you are in the -- living in the moment Bryant had -- you do that we've got that in the back from -- -- you have to compartmentalize.
And I feel like.
I've had to do that.
For a long time where you you have.
Certain distractions in your life you have you know whatever might be -- you have family issues you have some final score on -- home you have you know whatever might be.
And you have to take that and compartmentalize and focus on your job.
Because there's a lot of guys that are out they're counting on you not register team but.
How about a whole city -- about a whole region especially when you look at one Wallace was going through us for years -- since responsibly that I felt like I had.
As their quarterback to to do whatever I could believe you Richard when you get on that field -- like -- the rest the world just goes away is that an automatic.
It's there's a switch that gets flipped and it's all about my job on the field as the quarterback and putting everybody in a position to succeed in doing whatever we can't win.
Summation that you can do that he just put everything else -- them.
And listen to your you have to you -- it'd be just like.
Someone in the military who's who's fighting a war overseas -- Iraq Afghanistan they've got to be able to compartmentalize and focus on the job.
Let's -- -- a New Orleans because obviously New Orleans had gone through so much and is going through that again.
You spent some time of the -- recently haven't you unanimous months -- yes.
What have you what did you care well it's disturbing that it's it's it's it's very disarming and and sad to see what's happening.
And I think so many of the residents down those citizens that their way of life has just been completely -- shattered.
And you just feel so sorry for -- and you wanna do whatever you can help them and I think -- -- makes it even tougher is the fact that you don't see any end in sight right now because we haven't even got -- oil stopped from gushing.
And they're talking about it being in August but does anybody really know the long term effects of this and how will affect.
You know not only that the fishing industry and some some -- the jobs that revolve around them but.
You know how about the way this can affect the coastal wetlands stuff for a long time if there's one thing I could say.
About your I'm always on the eternal optimists just like in my book I try to turn every negative into -- and the only thing I can draw from this.
That that hopefully we can make a positive later on this.
It is raising awareness to the coastal wetlands and the importance of rebuilding them not only for the habitat that's been lost on their -- -- oil spill.
But the fact -- that is our buffer to hurricanes you.
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