Many people will never know the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans, but fortunately there are those doing their part to ensure those who serve are honored.
Clemson University is one of those places, where an annual Military Appreciation Week is held.
This year, football coach Dabo Swinney had Brig General Austin E. Renforth come and speak to his team after practice, and he gave those young men a pep-talk they will never forget.
“After you leave here, you’re gonna want to live your life with those pre-game jitters,” he told the group of players. “You get them all the time now, and you take them for granted.”
“I tell ya, get away from this game for a second and you’re going to want them again.”
When Gen. Renforth talks about “pre-game jitters” he isn’t talking about being so nervous you get sick. He’s talking about that feeling of being excited, or motivated to get something done.
“See, I get them all the time in the Marine Corps,” he goes on to say. “I’ve been on four tours to Iraq, and one in Afghanistan.”
“You think I don’t get pre-game jitters when I load my weapon? Looking at my Marines? Thinking have I prepared them for what they’re about to do? The very best of our teams do those things because they love each other.”
Renforth, commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, told the players that in life, like in sports, you put the team before the individual.
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.”
General Renforth’s words are so true. In life, you need to find the things that get you excited, and gives you those pre-game jitters.