#Legacy January 20

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I once heard while deep-sea fishing the saying. “You can’t judge how big a ship is until the wake has passed”

I believe that judging the influence we will have on others is similar to waiting for the ship to pass to see the size of the wake.

For example; when the NFL playoffs began on January 5, 2019 all twelve coaches has some tie directly or indirectly to Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells.  Barry Wilner of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about the 12 coaches connections to two former coaches.

Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells were intentional about investing time in their assistant coaches for different reasons.

(l-r) Bill Parcells and Bill Walsh

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Bill Walsh was passed over for a heading coaching job in Cincinnati in 1976 by Paul Brown. At that time Bill was Paul’s assistant coach.  He was angry and he promised himself that if he ever did get a head coaching job, he would make it a point to help develop other coaches.  He followed thru on that promise.

Bill Parcells attended River Dell High School in Oradell NJ. His HS Coach made a life long impact on him. His HS Basketball Coach was Mickey Corcoran who taught Bill that he always needed to give back to others and to help other coaches. Mickey did that for Bill Parcells and he played it forward. One other tidbit about Mickey Corcoran he played basketball at St. Cecilia’s in Englewood where his HS Coach was Vince Lomabardi. Many people forget that Vince Lombardi was a high school coach for 8 years before he went on to Fordham Univesity.

Yes our legacies may not be tied to the professional results we achieve but to those that we influence along the way.

Today Sean Peyton and Bill Belichick former Bill Parcells assistants coaches attempted to win a championship. So do Andy Reid and Sean McVay. Andy Reid worked for Mike McCarthy who worked for Bill Walsh. Sean McVay worked for Mike Shanahan who worked for Bill Walsh.

Two NFL Head Coaches will see their teams advance to the Super Bowl today and the wake behind the ship called the careers of Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells will grow larger.

Who are you serving and mentoring that will be part of your leadership wake?






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