The New England Patriots have won yet another Super Bowl.  Julian Edelman was named the Super Bowl MVP.  Edelman had an interesting year, as he was coming off a torn ACL from last year and a 4 game suspension at the beginning of the season.

Here’s the interesting story about Edelman.  He was a college quarterback at Kent State, but he was not going to be a pro quarterback.  He was going to have to switch positions to wide receiver.

He was drafted in the 7th round by the Patriots.  When he first met 6th round pick, Tom Brady, he told Brady he would be his gopher.  Anything that he wanted he would get for him.

When he found out that Brady would throw with receivers in the off-season in Los Angeles, Edelman moved to Los Angeles for the off-season.  He wanted to make sure that he was close and available to Brady whenever he wanted to throw to receivers.

Edelman was going to do whatever it took to be successful in the NFL.

Not saying that if you do everything you need to do that you will make it to the professional level, but is your athlete doing everything he/she could do to make them better?

What is your athlete willing to do just to have a nice little scholastic athletic career?

Will you run a few miles every day?  Will you try to get as much sleep as you can by sacrificing watching Netflix a little less each day.  Or spending less time on social media to focus on doing a little extra in your workout?

Usually, young athletes don’t realize until it is too late that they have wasted way too much time on stupid stuff.  The stupid stuff is easy.  It doesn’t require a lot of work.  Plus, you really aren’t sacrificing much of anything except your time.

What Edelman did was put himself out there.  He put himself in a position to try and improve his athletic skills as much as possible.  You need someone to catch footballs for you?  I’m there.  Oh, I have to move to Los Angeles and leave my comfortable surroundings.  Done.

Would the athlete’s you know do that?  If an athlete does choose that route and sacrifice partying with friends, eating junk food, and getting rest, will he or she get ridiculed for wanting to be as good an athlete as possible?

Maybe.

I know most young athletes won’t listen to me, but the ones like Edelman get it.  They understand that they have to do something beyond the required practices to get to where they want to be.

Coaches can only control what happens during their practice.  Outside of that, it is the athlete’s responsibility to do what needs to be done to make sure they get the maximum benefit of each and every practice.

Get a little more conditioning.  Lift a little more weights.  Eat right.  Get a specialty coach to get them on point.

But, that takes effort and you can’t do it with your phone.  Maybe if Edelman had all this stuff going on it might have distracted him as well.  Wait.  He was drafted in 2009, so yeah he had some of this stuff already at his fingertips.

Make the choice.  Do the little extra you need to do to solidify your spot on the roster.  Make an all-league team.  Or be looked at by the college you’ve always wanted to go to.

If you don’t, then you’ll always wonder what could have happened if you HAD done that little extra work needed.