When Miami Dolphin third string QB Tyler Thigpen suited up for yesterday’s game, he probably thought it was going to be just another day on the sidelines, watching (while still collecting a nice paycheck, mind you).
But then the 1st QB went down in the first play of the game.
And the 2nd QB went down in the third quarter.
As the 3rd string QB, Tyler stepped in and led his team to a much-needed victory.
Can’t you just imagine Tyler’s mama after the game?
“Tyler, I told you, honey, you always have to be ready! You never know what could happen!”
I said that to my son many times when he was back-up QB in his junior year of high school. He stood on the sidelines, watching many a game, wondering when his time would come.
“You never know,” I’d say to TJ. “You’re one play away from getting in. ”
And every once in a while, he did get in. When the 1st QB suffered a tweaked ankle, a cramp, a hard hit, TJ was called in and my heart rate would go from 0 to 60 in about two seconds.
If your child’s role on the team is one of back-up–whether it’s 2nd or 4th string–it’s easy for them to get lazy because they think they will NEVER get into the game. What can you say to encourage them?
- Stay tuned into the game. Pay attention to what’s happening in the game.If you are called in to play, you will know what you are facing.
- Keep up the hard work in practice. At some point, chances are good that you will be called into the game, and when you are, you will be glad that you didn’t slough off in practice.
- When you get in, give it all you’ve got. We always encouraged our kids to “leave it all on the field (or court)”. Our way of saying, give it all you’ve got so that when you are done, you can say you did your absolute very best.
Miami Dolphins third string QB Tyler Thigpen did his very best and it showed. He served his team well and made his mama proud.