Matt Grbac was having trouble posting this, so I'm posting it on his behalf. -Chris
1. The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. 2. The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
I have always been one to step up my game if I had some motivation. Do not get me wrong, I am self motivated in most things I do but a little outside motivation never hurts.
One of my favorite motivational pieces….
Rocky Balboa - 2006
"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you!"
Now I am going to try my hand at motivating our very own Kansas City Chiefs.
Setting – I have just walked into the locker room 10 minutes before game time.
Good afternoon guys. I am going to start by saying you have one of the best up and coming head coaches in the NFL. Your blessed to have Todd Haley running this team. Your blessed to have Romeo Crennel running your defense. Your blessed to have all the coaches and coordinators that you have. Don’t take advantage of this opportunity that you have. You will never have a staff of this pedigree to your disposal in this league. So there will be no one to blame other than yourselves if you fail.
I wanna get to the offense now.
Matt Cassel. You are the leader of this team. You are the captain of this ship. You are the man who will take the blame or the glory. I can say that I am very pleased with your progress but you’re not there yet. You need to keep improving, keep leading, and keep winning ball games!
Jamaal Charles. I cannot express enough how proud I am of you. You waited your turn behind that slow, egotistical, piece of crap we call 2.7. You waited your turn and when you got it you ran with it, literally! My friend, you are the blood of this team. We do not function without you. Remember that. Remember that we need you at your best always. Never forget what you mean to us. Run baby, Run!
Dwayne Bowe. You had a breakout career year last season. You are on cloud nine right now. Well let me tell you something Bowe, you are on watch. You are on watch because we now have two new wideouts that are going to want your passes. Baldwin and Breaston are hungry. They do not want your leftovers, son. They want it all. You need to step your game up more now than ever! Demand the ball and catch it everytime! Stay humble and stay focused. This is your spot to lose!
Offensive line. You just lost one of the best professional football players you have ever played with. Brian Waters was a rock on this line. But he is gone now so its time to step up or step out! You guys need to gel and gel quick. I don’t want anybody touching Cassel, and I don’t want anyone breaking your path! You guys are big and strong enough to be the best line in the league! Now get at it!!
Tyson Jackson. Get your ass in gear son! Waiting game is over. We have some big hungry defensive linemen waiting to take your spot. You feel entitled because you are a high draft pick, well get over it! You have the potential to be a great defensive end and now is the time to do it! Now is the time to shut up every guy that has ever doubted you!
Kelly Gregg. Thanks big man for wanting to be a part of this team. I believe you are a great defensive leader. Now get your butt out there and take some heads off!
Tamba Hali. Do you need motivation big fella? No you don’t but I am going to give it to you anyway. Don’t take the money and run big man. Keep your hunger for blood and keep adding QB heads to your living room wall. You will one day be a legend in these parts.
Eric Berry. Ahh it is big man on campus. Listen here Eric this is not college anymore! This is the league that separates the men from the boys. I am a firm believer in your skills. I know you will be a great safety one day. Do not live off of your reputation and hype. Strive to be better than anyone ever thought you could be. I want you to be the best safety to ever play this game!
Guys listen up. This is the game you have played your whole life. This is FOOTBALL! This is the same game you watched on tv and then went outside to pretend you were Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, and Joe Montana. Now is the time to go out and have some fun. But on top of having fun I want your best. I want your best effort on the field. I want 100% of your full heart effort. This is the Kansas City Chiefs! Do not forget that you play for the Kansas City Chiefs for a living! This is the best job in the world! Now get out there and punch someone in the freaking mouth!!!!