6 Ways to Achieve Your Dreams: Real Life Wisdom From West Point Grad Turned NFL Pro

 “Kickoff team! Lets go! You’re up” the special teams coach yelled from the sideline.

It was time. September 18, 2010. My life had been leading up to this very moment.

Doing my best to portray an image of a roman gladiator preparing for battle, I hustled to the point on the field where the rest of the kickoff team was consolidating into a huddle.

“Alright guys, listen up. This is what we are going to do.”

I leaned my head in a little closer, desperately trying to hear what the coach had to say.

I didn’t know what was louder—the 85,000 people in the stands cheering or the noises coming from my nervous stomach.

Suddenly, as if every person vanished from the stadium and I was the last one standing on the field, everything became quiet, as I flashed back to a turning point in my life that could have, and some say, should have, prevented me from achieving my dream…

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{Flashback to 2 years earlier}

It was Thursday morning when the phone rang, a day before the 2008 training camp for the Detroit Lions was scheduled to begin.

It was my agent. I figured it was just a routine call making sure I was prepared for the next 2 months of hell I was about to endure. 

I was sorely mistaken.

“Caleb, you need to get to the team’s facility. Something is going on.”

I really didn’t think much of it at the moment. I was too fixated on the high of emotions I was experiencing, knowing my childhood dream of signing a NFL contract was about to become a reality.

Upon my arrival at the team’s facility, my stomach dropped like I was free falling from 15,000 feet in the air, sensing something wasn’t right.

The room was filled with everyone from the coaches to the general manager of the team. In the middle of all of them was a black conference phone. I remember that phone like it was yesterday. 

That stupid black phone.

With my voice cracking like I just hit puberty, I was finally able to get a few words out.

“What’s going on, gentlemen?” 

Now, have you ever had a bad dream where you are desperately trying to open your eyes and no matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to find the strength to make it happen? 

This was one of

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One thought on “6 Ways to Achieve Your Dreams: Real Life Wisdom From West Point Grad Turned NFL Pro

  1. Thanks for sharing your moment. Tough situation and choice… realizing your dream is coming true, and then its taken away . Well done.

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