Coach Chuck Noll died last night of natural causes at the age of 82.
The Old Soldier heard the news on the radio this morning. I laid back on the sofa with two pillows under my head and listened to my favorite sports radio show as friends, colleagues, former players and admirers gave their impressions of Chuck Noll. They used words like “great coach,” great role model” and “great person.” But the term most of them used and the one they said the coach would appreciate the most was “great teacher.”
Think about that for a moment: a great teacher. And Chuck Noll did not just teach football. He taught values, values that would help his players to succeed on the football field and on the field of life.
Chuck Noll, the Old Soldier salutes you!
One of the virtues Chuck Noll taught his players was to be tenacious which means persistent which means resolute. Tenaciousness is a virtue every writer needs in order to succeed. It’s a virtue anyone in any field needs to succeed. But to be tenacious doesn’t mean to be blindly persistent.
You may not make a living at writing, but writing may open another door of opportunity for you. See what I mean? Being the editor/publisher of this girlie magazine may not earn me a dime. But it may open another door of opportunity for me. See what I mean?
But you have to keep writing and I have to keep publishing for that door to open. We have to be tenacious.
Coach Chuck Noll taught us to be tenacious. He was a great teacher.
PS The Old Soldier will not be at Nico’s in Little Italy for karaoke tonight.
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