It’s the voice in your head that that tells you to push through past seemingly impossible fatigue on the gridiron. It’s the thought that keeps your motor running at a supreme level on the hardwood.
It’s getting your parents that new house, it’s retiring your grandmother, it’s, simply, never wanting to be picked last again.
Motivating factors in sports range from the simple to the simply inconceivable; but they’re all necessary factors in the production of elite talent.
Every Monday we’ll catch up with elite athletes on all levels and get them to dish on the single most powerful motivating factor that’s gotten them to where they are now.
Today we caught up with Kennedale’s (Kennedale, Texas) Baron Browning, the No. 1 linebacker in the Rivals 100.
The greatest motivating factor that’s gotten me to where I am today is… “Just me wanting to make it, honestly. My family isn’t poor, but we’re not wealthy either. We’re middle class, but where I’m from people don’t make it out. We have a lot of talented guys, some more than me, that didn’t make it. I’ve had three older cousins who made the wrong choices or they’d be big time players today. I don’t want to be one of the guys that ‘should’ve’ made it. It helps that my whole city is behind me. People tweet about me, keep up with me, always encourage me to keep working hard; it’s great. I owe it to myself, my parents and my community to make it because they’ve been behind me ever since. I’m trying to be a role model. I don’t want to let anyone down.”
Here are the fruits of Baron Browning’s motivation.
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