Never been much of a lacrosse player (regret that one now), but I’ve always kept at least a sports fan’s eye on this guy over the years. I played him in football as a sophomore, when he was a senior middle linebacker in the middle of a Ohio Defensive Player of the Year caliber season. I’m pretty sure the dude racked up 30 tackles against us…and I had the honor of being more or less lights-out-ear-holed by him. After the game he smacked my pads and yelled, “Nice hit!” Here, I thought I had been the one who about died. I later went to watch his team throughout their playoff run, as mine had already been eliminated. I was at his last game, one which he never left the field, absolutely unstoppable…and I watched him get carried off by two of his teammates, covered in dirt, soaked in sweat, sobbing…and it left an impact on me. Watching him compete, taking in the way he approached the game…with passion, energy, and about as literal of an interpretation of the tired anecdote “leave it all on the field”. Something clicked for me. I want to be that competitive. I want to be that good. I want to CARE that much about what I devote my time to.
Needless to say, it stuck with me…with some twisting and turning here and there haha…I like to think that I approach most of the things I do with passion and competitiveness, and I know that’s what makes me able to do my job where others maybe couldn’t.
Anyways…Brett Hughes went on to an all american college career, and is still active in professional lacrosse, but it’s his non profit organization: Lacrosse the Nations that I’ll highlight today. It has a great mission and is an excellent idea…so read into it, be a part of it, or just enjoy a bit of reading.