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Letter to My Younger Self

I want to tell you about the most difficult thing you will ever experience, more difficult than anything that will ever happen on the football field.

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Letter to My Future Self

Competitions still sucked, but not everyone gets the chance to win twenty grand in a single day.

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Carta Para Mim Mesmo Quando Jovem

Bem, você está sorrindo porque o futebol é divertido. Por que você ficaria sério? Seu objetivo é espalhar a alegria.

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Letter to My Younger Self

A few years from now, you will accept that Dad is never coming back on earth. But what I want you to understand is that every time you have a ball at your feet, Dad will be with you.

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Carta a Mi Yo Más Joven

La verdad es que siempre estas sonriendo porque el futbol es divertido. ¿Por qué deberías estar serio? Tu meta es la de difundir alegría.

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Letter to My Younger Self

That’s it, kid. You are now a goalie. Go put on your pads. A life of pain and misery (and a whole lot of fun) awaits you.

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Letter to My Younger Self

You are overboard in deep open water without a PFD (personal floatation device), or at least that’s what your instructor is yelling. Sink or swim, plebe.

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Letter to My Younger Self

I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.

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Letter to My Younger Self

When you score your biggest goals and turn around, you’ll always see family members … jumping up and down, going nuts, showing you love.

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Letter to My Younger Self

I wish I could tell you that you’re going to take the NFL by storm. But just because your life will be going according to God’s plan doesn’t mean it’s going to be a fairy tale.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Savor each moment — not just the victories, but also the experiences, the relationships, the emotions. And when times get tough, look to your family for support.

Brandon Slay, left, holding his silver medal for the 76 kg free style wrestling classification, joins with gold medal winner Leipold Alexander, of Germany and bronze medal winner Eui Jae Moon, of Korea for the medals presentations at the Olympics in Sydney, Saturday, Sept. 30,2000. (AP Photo/J.Pat Carter)

Letter to Olympic Medalists

Here's what I want you to think about before you jump off that starting block or dive into that pool: Why are you doing this?