Every other week in The Coach’s Box, Timothy Thomas explores the various lessons that can be learned from the world of sports.
At the professional level of sports, natural skill alone will rarely solidify your place on a team. Perseverance and practice are both necessary, in addition to talent, to find a way to compete—let alone excel—at the highest levels of competition.
Week two of the NFL, specifically the AFC West Divisional matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, displayed the physical importance of perseverance. The game also was an all-too-real reminder that determination doesn’t always equate to victory, though it remains a significant virtue in building character.
Much of the buzz surrounding the Chiefs’ 27-24 win was about the seventh-round (that is, the final round of the NFL draft) rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson’s late-game interception. After losing all game before finally tying in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs were back on the…