Gary Pinkel introduced ESPN anchor, and Mizzou alumnus, John Anderson to the team after practice earlier to share some life lessons with the guys.
Since Anderson ran track at Missouri, he immediately had something in common with the guys and was able to share some valuable (and humorous) perspective for them to keep in mind as their playing days continue, and eventually draw to a close as they enter the "real world".
Here's the advice he shared, courtesy of his old track coach:
- "The more you can do, the more you can do. Whatever your coaches ask you to do, do it...and then if they ask you to do something off the wall go and do it. That's great. It'll be the same way when you leave here."
- "Don't leave it on the bus. You guys don't play for two weeks and two days, so take this speech of mine and parcel it out over the next sixteen days so you're still fired up when you go out and play, because nothing keeps that long.
- "The last thing, and I never knew what this really meant, is my old coach used to tell me to 'be loose as a goose, and twice as shifty'. I didn't know what that meant, and I tried to do it everyday, but until I saw you SOB's twerking yesterday, I didn't know what that meant. But I think I do now."