CHAPTER 9The Off-Season

“Rest when you are weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”

—Ralph Marsten

One Saturday when I was working for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the announcers for the game being played the next day wandered into the training room where I was hanging out. One of the announcers, Sam Wyche, who previously was head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wanted to talk with a Steelers player who played for him in Tampa. The player, Courtney Hawkins, was being treated for an injury, so Wyche and I had some time on our hands to talk.

When Wyche was with the Bengals, the team went to the Super Bowl, so I took the opportunity to ask him what factors were involved. ...

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