Football Core Values

Football Core Values

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Core(ps) Values

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I grew up in the home of a Marine. At the age of seventeen, I became a Marine. I have been around the Corps my whole life, and only now that I am in my current profession of teacher/coach has it not been a part of my every day life. It has helped forge who I am today, how I teach and coach (Barney-style), how I walk, and how I talk. Many people are defined by what they do (work) as opposed to what they do (action), but the two should not have to work exclusively from the other. With that in mind, I have adapted Zell Miller’s Corps Values.


To forge disciplined student/athletes by developing these Core Values (adapted from Zell Miller’s Corps Values):

Honor: Honor requires each student/athlete to exemplify the ultimate standard in ethical and moral conduct. Doing so requires sacrifice. Our student/athletes must never lie, never cheat, never steal, but that is not enough. Much more is required.  Each student/athlete must cling to an uncompromising code of personal integrity, accountable for his actions and hold others accountable for theirs. Honor requires that our student/athletes never tarnish the reputation of our program, our school, our community, and themselves.

Courage: Simply stated, courage is honor in action – and more.  Courage is moral strength and the will to do what is right regardless of what others around them may do. It is mental and physical discipline. Courage means a willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of what others may think. This courage will allow each one of our student/athletes to look in the mirror and be proud of the reflection they see.

Commitment: Total dedication to our school, community, and program. “All for one, one for all.” By whatever name or cliche, commitment is a combination of (1) selfless determination and (2) a relentless dedication to excellence. We never give up, never give in, and never willingly accept second best. Excellence is always the goal.

These were words we were required to remember as Marines. I know many good men who were unable to uphold these Values, but at least it gave us something to shoot for. These values were not only applicable to combat, but to the way we carry ourselves whererver we go and in whatever situation we are presented. These words have resounded so deeply within me that I have adopted as my life philosophy. I may never achieve every tenet set forth in those words, but I sure as hell will try.


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January 25, 2010 at 2:48 PM