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The Problem With Privilege

“Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

―John Wooden

Today’s story is about Johnny Manziel.

There is tension in Texas. In a state where football is religion, and star quarterbacks revered, the hot topic is 20-year-old Jonathan Manziel, aka “Johnny Football.”

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel accepting the Heisman Trophy, 2012

Will he lead another record-breaking season for Texas A&M? Or will his off-field missteps lead to a major disappointment for thousands of Aggies?

Last year, Johnny became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He is one of five quarterbacks (and the only freshman) in NCAA history to pass for 3,000, and run for 1,000 yards, in a single season.

The problem? One day, he is the iconic football hero. The next, he is arrested in an altercation supposedly involving racial slurs and a fake drivers license. Recently, it’s alleged he accepted money for signing autographs. That could make him ineligible to play.

The True Meaning of Accomplishment

Some talk big…then fade away.
Others do what it takes…they find a way.

Rudy Ruettiger

Rudy, the movie

One of the defining qualities of life’s winners is this thing I call “grit.” It’s stopping the talk and starting the walk.

Grit is about getting things done. It’s the night & day work it takes to succeed. It’s the “all in” commitment that “nothing will stand in my way.”

Grit is guts, resilience and staying power. While others discuss dreams, those with grit do something about it.

Our guest today is a portrait of grit. As you will learn, so was his dad. He is a friend, author, motivational speaker and personal hero of mine.

The Savvy Dad welcomes Notre Dame football legend, Rudy Ruettiger, subject of the movie ‘Rudy.’