This is one of my favorite speeches EVER! In the most difficult times, this is what I listen too. So far it's this that keeps me going.
From the movie- 'Any Given Sunday' starring Al Pacino.
I don't know what to say really; three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives......all comes down to today.
Either we heal as a team or we're gonna crumble; inch by inch, play by play 'till we're finished.
We're in hell right now gentlemen, believe me.
And we can stay here and get the shit kicked out of us, or...we can fight our way back, into the light. We can climb out of hell.
One inch at a time.
Now I can't do it for you, i'm too old. I look around, I see these young faces and I think..... I mean I made every wrong choice a middle aged man can make.
I pissed away all my money, believe it or not.
I chased off anyone who's ever loved me.
And lately I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.
You know....when you get old in life, things get taken from you....that's part of life.
But you only learn that.....when you start losing stuff.
You find out life's a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game- life or football- the margin for error is so small...I mean....
One half a step too late or too early and you dont quite make it,
One half second too slow, too fast, you dont quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second.
On this team we fight for that inch.
On this team we tear ourselves and everyone around us to pieces for that inch.
Claw with our fingernails for that inch.
Because we know when we add up all those inches, thats gonna make the f***ing difference between winnin & losing,
between living and dying.
i'll tell you this......
In any fight it's the guy who's willing to die who's gonna win that inch.
And I know that if i'm gonna have any life anymore it's because im still willing to fight & die for that inch.
Because that's what living is. The 6 inches in front of your face.
Now I can't make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think you're gonna see a guy who'll go that inch with you.....
You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows when it comes to it, you're gonna do the same for him.
That's a team gentlemen.
And either we heal now as a team or we will die as individuals.
That's football guys. That's all it is.
Now.....what are you gonna do?