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I have always been a football fan. As we inch closer and closer to next Sunday’s Super Bowl LI vs. the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, I am reminded that growing up watching football has taught me some relevant life lessons.  So, get in the super fan spirit and read these ten life lessons I learned from football!

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  1. The best offense is a good defense.

Life isn’t a one-way street. It isn’t all about scoring. It’s all fun and games if you can score 100 points and all, but if the other team can score 101, then all your good offense is irrelevant. Work on defending yourself against others. Know yourself to be able to defend your positions.

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2. Don’t jump off-sides.

Patience is a virtue. Don’t jump the gun. Good things come to those who wait!

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  1. If you have one job, do it well. Kickers have one job, but they are often the ones that win the whole game.

You don’t have to be great at a plethora of skills.  Pursue one passion, and do it to the best of your ability. And for the love of God, don’t miss your field goal attempt.

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  1. Hard work beats talent.

You can have all the natural born skill in the world, but if you do nothing to hone in on your talents and work hard to improve them, a determined person will beat you out.

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  1. No one likes a poor sport.

Being a sore winner won’t score you any favors with anyone, and it sure won’ help you in the popularity department. Be humble not boastful, always.

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  1. Leadership is important. Just ask the QB.

For all great entities, there is a strong leader backing them up. Be the best type of person you can be, and others will seek you as a source of inspiration. The quarterback is the team’s leader. It’s not easy to take that responsibility, but there are great rewards for those who rise to the challenge.

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  1. Inches matter.

When it’s 4th and inches, getting that first down is what’s most important. Pay attention to detail. The little things in life really can add up to the big ones.

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  1. Don’t break the rules.

Break a rule and get a flag. Remember, cheaters never win, and winners never cheat. It will catch up to you in the long run, I promise. So, just don’t do it.

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  1. Teamwork makes the dream work.

There is nothing in this world more powerful than a group of people with motivation who share a common goal. Working collaboratively gets much more accomplished than working on your own. Go, team!

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  1. Never give up.

Anything can happen in the last two minutes of a football game. I have witnessed this many a time. Hail Mary passes, turnovers, and special team big plays can change a game in the final seconds. Life is the same way. Never give up on your goal. If you work hard and believe, nothing can stand in your way.

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I hope this list got you in the Super Bowl spirit. All that’s left to do now is get your favorite snacks, gather some friends, and get ready for the big game!

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