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Elected through crazy is -- not coming back stronger unleashing the hidden power of adversity thank you -- your your -- -- very much.
So it's like being an author now here you this famous football player quarterback with a New Orleans -- They are your big time -- Melissa.
Well yeah definitely uncharted territory really this come about -- is Tony Dungy -- the same thing in the immigrant he was here to him as vote in the Senate took the same path and there's new.
We actually had the same publisher Nintendo house publishers.
Actually called coach dungy.
To talk about the prospect of writing a book to -- it's you know it's never something I thought I would do especially I think this.
At this early in my career.
And and Tony really gave me some great advice and that was -- he had the same reservations about Dornan and -- -- that he did it he got a letter in the mail his first letter from a mom saying that.
His book had changed her son's life and such a positive way and really turned around he said that made it all worth it and that's really what what I'm trying to do with this book is hopefully really impact people -- very positive way that it ever since -- in New Orleans and even before then you've been very community minded community involved is that.
-- she added responsibility of it's a sports.
Celebrity in -- community to do be as involved as I do a -- -- so that 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 what's been given to me and adding that some -- a lot more natural to some people and it's others.
And it just something that comes very naturally mean and I'm not quite sure working for an early usually you view that you -- leader on the field you always say you wanted to be.
In a sport where you had controlled the ball right that's like that's right leader -- -- no argument from all your hand yeah you wanna be able to sure pull the strings and I guess a voice been fortunate enough to be in those positions and -- and I try numbers that that's on that -- -- naturally -- him.
This there was and I came from a very sports minded sham where they -- very type a personality -- where everybody -- -- -- sports are very.
Confident their abilities and very you know everything was a competition and since Viagra -- People think it comes naturally and I'm sure two 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 -- enough -- in the amount of time you spend -- every play with every team.
That you're involved with.
-- -- this lot of work well and ever -- a philosophy.
You know you're either getting better you're getting worse but you know saying the same -- so I need to continue to put in that time that effort to get better my my goal is to just get better a little better every day every year do you feel that you're.
Level of of involvement and work in focus as far beyond that of the average player.
I'm not -- 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 plane getting guys lined up and you know check in place of line of scrimmage recognizing defenses and all those things -- were responsible even compared to an archer.
And -- and your ability your your precision ability to throw is that something that just came naturally to -- spent hours and hours.
Well 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 that -- -- I can't describe how I throw or the feeling necessarily but just the fact that -- it -- makes sense to me.
What was in this book that -- -- this election here in about your personal life.
About your injuries about New Orleans -- venture community service warts to take away from this that you want.
Well I feel like there is definitely a level of vulnerability in this book where I really try to put myself out there -- so people could understand -- 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.
There -- -- means strength -- -- help me to come back stronger.
And you do you need adversity to be to get -- levels would you be where you are without the editors.
Now know 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 a bit in the end.
It was painful lessons learned through that and the strength that they gained -- -- in their face and everything else they're brought them.
Two point where they were able to accomplish something greater than ever thought possible what was -- darkest time for him.
In you know in my life yeah.
Well going through my -- 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 for a lot for awhile.
There's been there's been a few -- You talked in some enemies have read that you've given to even before the book came out that you spent twenty hours on the part of the book about tomorrow.
And that you -- the -- relationship with sorely needing to go into great detail about what some of the issues.
Yeah you know I I feel like there's certain things that are.
In private hands.
It then -- the point of that story was not too.
You know -- my side of the story as -- why you know things broke down from Ballmer why I was.
Upset with little resentment it is I really do I'm right she's wrong though you know and and and because that'll -- -- that was necessary but what I did -- -- 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 -- -- -- new circumstance surrounding a 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.
Had and you get to -- you've got to perform every day you've got to continue doing your job -- -- incredibly focused.
One of things you pride yourself on -- there was a focus sure and the feel living in the moment Bryant had -- you do that when you've got then in the back from the source you have to compartmentalize.
And I feel like.
I've had to do that.
For a long time where you're you have.
Certain distractions in your life you have you know whatever might be you know you have family issues you have -- score on -- home you have you know whatever might be.
And you have to take that in compartmentalize and focus on your job.
Because there's a lot of guys that are out -- counting on you not much mr.
How about a whole city about a whole region especially when you look at when Wallace was going through us for years -- since responsibly that I felt like I had.
As their quarterback to to do whatever I could lead to victory when you get on that field is like he's the rest the world is 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.
-- -- that you can do that just put everything as a sign that.
And since -- you you have to yesterday 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 their job.
Let's sort of a New Orleans because.
Obviously New Orleans had gone through so much and is going through that again.
You spent some time of the gulf recently -- -- -- last month that it yes.
What have you what did you -- well it's disturbing that it's it's it's it's very disheartening and and sad to see what's happening.
And I think so many of the residents down -- the 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't help them and I think we're mates makes it even tougher is the fact that you don't see any end in sight right now because we haven't even gotten the 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 -- effect.
You know not only that the fishing industry in some -- the jobs that revolve around them but.
-- how about the way -- can affect the coastal wetlands now for a long time if there's one thing I could say.
About you know and I'm always on the eternal -- just like in my book I try to turn every negative you know possibly 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 being lost on their do -- -- spill.
For the factor that as our buffer to hurricanes.
You angry BP are angry at the president there where do you.
Milk as -- well you know listen I I think everybody wants to point fingers and I don't think that's getting the job has started getting us anywhere right now.
The fact of the matter is we need to find a way to get this.
This this oil -- stop now.
You wonder how there were not measures in place to prevent something like this from happening or at least.
Haven't stop -- within a few days a week but here we are almost to a half three months later.
With really no end in sight and you just.
You shake your head and and and wonder what people were affected people of Christian there with the government to they feel that -- the local government can't -- and offers to get enough resources to do enough from the federal government's -- -- -- same thing with Katrina you know it's become so political and bureaucratic that I know that the local governments especially the -- -- -- for governor -- -- many times say I'm tired of having to.
-- get through all the red tape just in order to reduce a very simple things that we is.
You know people always in -- along the Gulf Coast we know that hey this is the right measure to take -- yet were kind of waiting for the okay.
From the federal government or some -- front of federal agency and you know it's it's it's just that whole process I think is it's frustrating for -- lot of people you know original and you know I do and I do he's a good man I think it's a great job for Louisiana.
He also like the president and -- guys do this.
He's involved a lot of great things.
I was actually just named as a coach -- to the president's council for.
Fitness sports nutrition which -- I'm very proud to be part of do you take political says -- only to get -- and hopefully they'll I I don't you know I don't.
I think for me it's it's very much about the issues it's not.
-- are you you which side you're on you Republican Democrat -- you left your right.
I believe that.
We should all of -- are thinking about solving the issues as opposed to.
Figured out what side we're gonna pick in of people already whispering and you should run for office unity could probably you own Louisiana he wanted to -- you're so popular there that he -- payments to major ticket.
Oh my pleasure preferable for part of it had a secret.
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