The real measure of a player. A speech you should be making to your team.
Most people love watching the ESPN highlight reel, but any good coach will tell you they don’t care about that as much as this.
One message I tell players all the time is, “The opportunity to make a great play comes every once and awhile. Congratulations when you make it, but the key to our and your success is making the routine play day in and day out.
I follow that up with, “Making the routine play 95 percent of the time will advance your career more than making the occasional great, flashy play.”
To convince them of this I continue with, “A great play just happens but doing the routine takes attention to detail, practice, and discipline.”
Finally, “What makes a play great in my mind is performing the routine during a pressure spot in the game.”