8) Recognizing, With Gratitude, The “Reason” For Everything.
- Finally, he sighs, “Everything happens for a season… It’s always something. But that’s how I stay humbled, stay grounded. You are never guaranteed tomorrow. I go home and thank God that I’m here. Because as fast as this opportunity came, it can go. Life in general has taught me that.”
- This characteristic is recognized by others, too. Coach Zorn said, “I think the experiences Charlie has helped mold the sense of determination he brings to the football field.”
9) Willingness To “Make A Statement.”
- Standouts, by definition, do just that. They stand out. They make a statement. Especially when opportunity knocks. In his tryouts for the Lions he knew just one thing: “When I went there I knew I had to make a statement.”
- But the making of a statement is not a one-time proposition. It’s a lifestyle. Those who only make “occasional statements” may not be showing greatness but recklessness. Such haphazardness is driven more by impulse than vision, more by the moment than by the future, more by lack of resolve than strength of character.
10) Living With And Recovering From Failure.
- Like every quarterback, Batch is not perfect. He has bad days, too. In a November 1, 1998 game vs. Arizona he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. But it was in his failure that his true greatness was demonstrated.
- “After we pulled him, he had the correct response,” coach Zorn noted. “He came up to me and said, ‘Listen, I don’t like being taken out. I got us into this mess, and I want to get us out of it. I want to finish what I started.”
- Sensing his determination, Zorn continued, “Don’t get comfortable with this taking you out.” And he’s not. Batch is right back in there even more confident. He has found his “groove” and matching and passing better than the likes of Joe Montana and Dan Marino.
11) Beginning Each Day With Enthusiasm For The Next Game.
- A quarterback who loses his enthusiasm for the next game is destined for the bench. His enthusiasm is an essential element for excellence. Without it, each game is simply “just another game.”