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Leadership Lessons from College Football

Leadership Lessons from College Football

Leadership Lessons from College Football - Cassandra Shepard

Hello Gorgeous!

So I was in the middle of writing an article on a different topic but I flipped the channel to half-watch college’s version of the Super Bowl.  It was Alabama vs. Georgia for the national championship title and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

In the first half of the game, the momentum was all with Georgia.  Alabama was stagnate — offense, defense, special teams…no one had any energy.

They went into half-time 0 - 13.  

Guess what the Alabama coach did?  He made what many called a courageous decision.

He sat his regular-season star quarterback on the bench and put in a freshman quarterback.  

A Freshman!

As in, this time last year this freshman kid was likely trying to decide on a prom date.  


Well, it depends on what your goals are.

Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban has always said he’ll do what it takes to help his team win.  And tonight that meant benching his regular-season star quarterback who’s won a ton of games for Alabama during the regular season, and putting in a freshman QB to finish THE biggest game in college football.

The freshman simply gave the team a better opportunity to win.

Booger McFarland, an ESPN College Football Analyst, (why in heaven this man’s name is “Booger”, I have NO idea!)… he said something that stuck with me and should stick with you:

“The starting QB earned the right to start the game, but he didn’t earn the right to finish it.”


If you’re playing to win and you’re not winning, something has to change.  

With the change in QB, suddenly Alabama had renewed life and energy.  And yes, they won the game.

So let me ask you this:  

Where in your leadership or in your life are you holding onto what’s not working?

Is there a staff person who you know just isn’t cutting it yet you’ve hesitated for whatever reason to make a change?

Is there something in your own leadership that isn’t working yet you’re letting it linger on without making a change?

Are you playing to win? And do you have a coach in your life to help you make the big plays and avoid the sacks?

If you’re not winning at the things in your life and in your career that you desire, something needs to change and it will require a bold move on your part to give yourself a shot at success.

So, what are you committed to changing TODAY?

Be bold.

Much love,


P.S.  Wanna guess who the first person was running out to celebrate the freshman QB’s success?  The seasoned QB that was benched. Now that’s how you demonstrate class and teamwork! I’ll be writing more on that later.

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