Something caught my eye and ear in comments from Chuck Pagano Sunday that were passed out by the team’s public relations staff.
It was the word serve.
“…[I]t’s been our mantra, since we got here. This thing is about family and it’s about serving. What I told them when they left here was, ‘I don’t want you to worry about anything except for two things: how to become a champion and how to serve.’
“I don’t know when that championship will come, but when it does we’ll look back on it and know exactly why it happened. We talk about the proper state of mind. We don’t have a choice in this and everybody’s got a job to do and it’s basically we can, we must, and we will to get the job done by any means necessary. Certainly by playing by the rules in the framework of the rules and just take it like I said one day at a time and great things will happen because really to be honest with you nobody expects this team to do much and so, there might have been a little bit of that was fueled a little bit, but they’re ready.”
"I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help the guys on the offense -- specifically on the offense as a quarterback -- to help those guys be successful -- whatever that means," he said. "If you’re working out in the summer and you’re the guy that brings the water for everybody ... it’s almost like you’re serving them."
“OK, what can I do to help you? What can I do to make your job easier?”
I think it can be very hard for the necessary ego of a professional athlete to meld with that service idea. I think some of the best teams have some of the guys who are best at working that way, whether they articulate it or not.
I really like that Pagano is making it a theme, and I am really eager to speak with him more about it when I get to Anderson University in a week.