March 14, 2013. Diane DiAmbrosio’s grade 8 AVID class talked with Chris Doleman, courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, about the 6 Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Some great words of wisdom from Mr. Doleman:
1. If you don’t have a plan for life, life will have a plan for you.
2. Time waits for no one.
3. You are what you repeatedly do.
4. The best way to predict your future is by making your future.
5. You are judged by what you give, not by what you receive.
“What happens when you get an unfair call during a game?”
“You move on. Life isn’t fair. You have to anticipate that some of the calls won’t be fair.”
“Would you have made any different decisions?”
No, people see things in you that you don’t see in yourself. All these things will shape and mold you. To find that path early is peace because you’re not floundering; you’re being true to yourself.
Doleman is a former American Football defensive end who played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 1999. He was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection and a 3-time First-team All-Pro, recording over 150 sacks. He is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
Many thanks as always to Jerry Csaki of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and to Chris Doleman for giving his time to talk about important values to our 8th graders.