Homework Study Skills Lessons From a Football Quarterback

This time of year, my blood runs green and gold for the Green Bay Packers. My father grew up in Wisconsin during the Vince Lombardi era. I grew up in Detroit where people only complain about the Lions. I don’t think it was ever a decision… I was born a Cheesehead.

Last night, I watched the Packers “new” quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, in his starting debut. The drama was high… it was not only the first game of the season, but the first Monday Night Football game of the season. The Packers were playing their bitter rivals, the Vikings, at home in historic Lambeau Field with more than 80,000 fans to cheer them on. It was the first game in 15 years that Brett Favre has NOT started for the Packers. A new day was dawning for the Packers and, while I still admire Favre, I was personally rooting for Rodgers knowing all of the pressure he was under.

Late in the first quarter, the Packers were literally a half yard away from getting on the scoreboard with a touchdown. It was 4th down, Rodgers had the ball and defenders were coming at him quick. He was standing as still as a statue. I could hardly bear to watch. “Throw the ball! Throw the ball!” I screamed. At the last second, he threw the ball, the pass was complete and TOUCHDOWN GREEN BAY!

It was a great play and I was thrilled for Rodgers, the Packers, the 80,000 fans, and my dad!

Later, during half-time, the commentators explained the exceptional skill behind Rodgers’ play. A skill, they say, he learned from the legendary Favre. Rodgers kept his helmet straight ahead towards the end-zone, completely perpendicular to the line of scrimmage, and used his peripheral vision to scan the field. This approach kept the defenders in the lurch because they could not anticipate if he was going to go left or go right, which ทางเข้า ufabet เว็บแทงบอล gave Rodgers a big advantage.

This tactic explains why Rodgers appeared to be as still as a statue; why the anticipation of that play was almost more than I could stand. To the untrained eye, it did not look like he was doing anything; like he was just standing there and at the last second threw a “lucky” pass. Instead, it was a brilliant play. It was all about strategy!

Strategy is a tricky thing… you don’t always know when someone is being strategic. The process of using strategies often remain invisible to the untrained person but they generate remarkable advantages. Strategy has its place in many different circumstances: in sports, on the battlefield, in the business world, and even in school.