The athletes at Walker High School were given the opportunity to have former University of Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Brodie Croyle speak on leadership. A man of high character and who has been successful throughout his life, Brodie was highly qualified to deliver such a motivating speech.
Not only has Brodie been successful throughout his football career, but also after it ended. He went on to coach football and continue his love of the sport. He was raised by parents who went out of their way to do what they could for troubled or abused youth. Brodie was instilled with these same qualities, and after his football career, he returned to his parent’s ranch to help them with the 200 plus children they help become the best versions of themselves.
Brodie spoke to Walker’s athletes about the importance of being leaders both on and off the field. He recounted a time while he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and, despite his best efforts, allowed the other team to intercept and run the ball back for a touchdown. He walked off the field discouraged and shocked by his poor performance. However, his coach, whom he regards as one of the best leaders he ever played for, did nothing but encourage Brodie to pursue the game without regard for the mistakes he had made. He said that this was equally applicable to how good leaders should live life, not just their sport.
He instilled in Walker’s players a sense of determination and a drive to be leaders in both ability and character. Walker is extremely grateful for Brodie’s time and efforts to consider Walker as a school with students worthy of pursuing leadership in a world where character is easily set aside for the benefit of success.
By: Tyler Gay