Have you ever known in your heart that you could perform your job well if you were allowed only to have someone with authority impede you? Have you ever believed yourself qualified to do a job and yet frustrated because those who had the power to hire you did not appreciate your talent, ability, and other qualities that you might have? 

The NFL Combine (“a week-long event that gives the top college football prospects the platform to show off their skills in front of all 32 NFL teams”—Pro Football Network) took place last week, and the draft will be here before you know it. Let me share with you about a guy who wanted to play in the NFL. However, he understood that NFL teams did not appreciate his talent and ability. They seemed blinded by others who played his position. So this young man wrote an open letter to all the NFL teams. The following are portions from that letter.


 Dear NFL Coaches and General Managers,

For months now, I’ve been answering your questions to the best of my ability. Walking you through my game tape, reciting plays back to you and breaking down my decision-making process, from what time I go to bed to what I eat for breakfast every morning.

You’ve watched me run and jump and lift weights and throw the ball as far as I can. You’ve wondered aloud if I can adjust to the speed of the pro game and adapt to the complexity of an NFL offense.

All of those things are important and, for the most part, they all involve football in some way. But they’re still not quite football. They’re not the same as being out there in a game, in the huddle with my team.

Football is under the lights, facing the elements in front of 60,000 people. It’s keeping your guys motivated, whatever the circumstances, and having the determination to bring your team back from seemingly certain defeat in the fourth quarter.

It’s doing everything you can to make a play in the redzone. Sometimes the play breaks down and you have to get creative.

I’m not perfect. But football isn’t always perfect. It doesn’t always go the way you expect. I know that I might not have given the perfect answer for every one of your questions. You saw some mistakes on my tape, and I missed a couple of throws on pro day.

But I hope you noticed that every answer I gave was sincere. And that when I made a mistake on the field, I always held myself accountable. I hope you realized that I can do a lot more than just throw the ball far. I don’t want you to think that a big arm is the only thing that got me here. 

I’m a football player. And I’m ready to do the job as your quarterback.

The only thing on my mind is helping you win games, whatever it takes. 

I’ve been thinking about playing in this league since I was a little kid. And now here we are on the eve of the NFL draft.

I’m ready to show the world what I’m capable of….Everything that critics want to knock me on, I know I can fix with hard work. I am not a project quarterback. People who say that aren’t really watching my tape. I know that I can make any throw, especially when my team needs a big play….I[’ve] learned a lot about leading an offense. So much of that has to do with earning respect in the locker room. Leaders set an example for others. I don’t expect to walk in and know everything on the first day of training camp, but I am ready to get started on that process. Right away you’ll see the type of player I am and, more important, the type of player I want to be in the huddle….

I won’t try to predict the future, but I guarantee you that if there’s one thing I do know, it’s how to get better.

And I know that if I want to walk in and make an immediate impact, my mindset has to be that I have to continue to improve every day, every practice, every snap. I’m determined to do that.

I will not whine or complain during the process. I won’t be a distraction, on or off the field. I will put in the hours to master your playbook. I won’t stop until I get everything right, down to the smallest detail.

I will put in the hours to master your playbook. I won’t stop until I get everything right, down to the smallest detail.

I may make mistakes along the way. And I won’t win every single game I play during my career. I won’t retire with a perfect passer rating or zero career interceptions. But I’ll try as hard as anybody.

I’m ready to start the journey to a championship. And, more than anything else in the world, I’m ready to suit up and play some football. The sooner we can get to it, the better.

Just wait until you see me in the huddle.


That was in 2017. There are likely 31 teams in the NFL who are kicking themselves when they recall that draft. How could they have missed it? How could 31 teams in the NFL miss on…

Patrick Mahomes?

 The important thing is not that Patrick Mahomes has become the best football player in the world. Instead, it is that he fulfilled his word, accomplishing the tasks that were under his control. He lived up to his commitment. (Many people forget that Mahomes sat on the bench his first year behind Alex Smith–a former # 1 NFL pick–but he worked hard at fulfilling his commitment from his open letter https://www.theplayerstribune.com/articles/patrick-mahomes-ii-texas-tech-nfl-draft-cover-letter)

I write this to encourage you. So, if you feel like people don’t recognize your potential, you are in pretty good company. The NFL missed on Patrick Mahomes. Important people will miss on you at some point in your life as well.

Hang in there and keep working.

P. S. Next weekend (March 9), I will be presenting a seminar on my new book, Holy Chaos, to the SLO NAZ Church in San Luis Obispo, California. Judy and I will follow that with some vacation time with my sister and her family. So, I will take a break from posting and rejoin the conversation in a couple of weeks.