As the sports world is now 5 weeks removed from what anyone outside the state of Georgia will consider one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever played, it seems football talk has been limited to the NFL Combine and pro days…oh and some guy named Tom Brady! As his miraculous legacy continues to build, it seems so does the conversation about him being taken in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. It’s obvious a lot of sports fans and analysts are fascinated by what could’ve been had he been drafted somewhere else. Me, on the other hand, I’m simply out here trying to state facts and keep it real.
Odds are if you ask anyone on the streets who Tom Brady is you would get anything from the best quarterback who’s ever lived to the guy married to Giselle Bundchen (and wears Ugg’s). But, if I asked who Spergon Wynn was…cue the blanks stares, confused facial expressions, and fake attempts trying to remember if he was that one guy that played for that one team. Well lucky for you I’m a nice guy, because in this post you’ll learn all about the guy who ended up being the last quarterback drafted before, you guessed it, Tom Brady.
In the 6th Round with the 183rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Spergon Wynn, QB from Texas State University. Unfortunately, Wynn had a pretty not-so-good NFL career. Hey, I said I was gonna keep it real! In his 2 NFL seasons he saw action in 10 games, only making 3 career starts. He completed 70-152 passes, threw for 585 yards, and 1 touchdown (plus 7 interceptions…but who’s counting). Although his 3 starts were all loses, it wasn’t all bad news. The 1 touchdown he did throw was on a cold day in storied Lambeau Field. The starting quarterback on the other sideline, Brett Favre. Unfortunately, the thing that will even overshadow his lackluster stats is the fact that 16 picks later the New England Patriots would make history, without even knowing it.
Now that you’re all caught up on your Spergon Wynn history (hopefully this will help someone win Trivia Night) you’re probably wondering why I told such a long, elaborate story about a quarterback you never heard of. If you’ve been following my blog, I try and make the themes all about you and your mindset! Well this one is no different.
Do you believe things happen exactly how they are supposed to? Maybe your like most people, when things are good you do and when they’re bad you think this can’t be right…at all! The worst thing you can do is get caught up in what other people are doing, or worry and overanalyze what’s not happening in your life. In the 2001 season, the same year Mr. Wynn worked hard and threw his first touchdown pass, Mr. Brady worked hard and won his first Super Bowl ring. I’m sure he, along with every NFL quarterback, thought well if I was on that team I would’ve won the championship too. Nope. Sorry. Wrong!
When I played football at BGSU I was so dedicated my freshman year. Some of my teammates were partying, drinking, and even doing drugs. My problem was I ended up letting my attitude get in the way. I became envious of those living that lifestyle who got more playing time or more notoriety than I did. Instead of just focusing on Marques Parks, I started pointing fingers and asking the dreaded question of “Why?” Maybe the same “Why?” Spergon Wynn asked himself, like “Why couldn’t the Browns have taken Tom Brady instead of me? Why couldn’t I have been drafted by the Patriots and won a Super Bowl?” Nope. Sorry. Wrong!
Spergon Wynn and myself were idiots (although I guess I don’t know if he actually thought that) for thinking that way. Once my focus was solely directed towards things I was in control of I ended up having a nice little career for a walk-on, with goofy hair, from McDonald, PA. My path led to some amazing friends that I will have for life, the best daughter a dad could ask for, and an eventual move to Columbus, OH where after 4 years of trying to not try so hard I met the girl of my dreams.
Life is kind of like a great movie, not everyone can be up for the coveted award of Best Actress or Actor. Someone must be nominated, but that doesn’t mean they are working harder or putting more effort in than the supporting cast or crew. They were meant for that role and meant to win the award (unless it was handed out by Steve Harvey or Warren Beatty…too soon?). The truth is I know some of you reading this might be going through a situation at work thinking why does this person have more sales than me, why does my friend that’s a jerk have a girlfriend or husband and I don’t, or why is that person’s blog getting more readers (sorry that one might just be me)?
It's natural to think those thoughts, but don’t focus on them. Keep working hard, keep thinking of others, and keep doing the right things. There are so many things you have complete control over, but it’s impossible to have control over everything.