Over Thanksgiving, I visited my brothers, As is our nature, we organized a family football game before folks departed. There was two purposes to this 1) to recreate our own experiences of playing in the street outside our family home with a combination of simple calls (down and out) and specialty trick plays (flea flicker or double reverse) which we wanted to pass down to the next generation; and 2) to tire out the kids with activity and fresh air before they loaded into the cars for long travels.
My youngest brother deferred to my play call because he trust that I will listen to suggestion, equally distribute the ball, and will be imaginative and clear. My one nephew, Jackson, was most energetic about the game and playing so he got the call just slightly more than the others… but…
If a goal yard dive was called for him, he went end around for the touchdown, If a double reverse was set up, he ignored.faked the second handoff and went for yardage and not another reception. Basically, he redesigned and wildcatted every call I made for him. Innocently, at one point, he suggested to me, “Uncle Scott, did you see that I have made every one of your calls into something better???” I responded, “Surer have, Tebow.” My bother, his father, made eye contact with me and acknowledged that there would be some conversation with my wildcat nephew during the long car ride.
Now, the Tebow tag may have been unfair to the Jets quarterback. This year, the former first-round pick has been confined to an extremely limited role on offense and to duties as a personal protector on the punt coverage team. He has been doing the job assigned. As a Bronco, Tebow made the magic happen with his own inventiveness and ability.
Yet, I don’t want him on my team. To truly be a star, you’ve got to play “team” and clearly appear to play “team”. A star makes everyone stronger and better, not just themselves. A leader makes decisions on behalf of others, not in spite of others or for their benefit alone.
When working with your team, don’t wildcat it all by yourself and make sure to have a conversation with the professional collaborator or volunteer who might make choices that my nephew had made one holiday weekend. <image source>