On the Top

Jorge - Los Angeles 90031, California
Entered on April 22, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

The hardest part isn’t getting to the top, it’s knowing how to stay there. I believe “ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” In a competitive sport like football, it takes a lot more than just talent to be the best. A lot of people have reached the top but only a few have stayed on top.

Being on the top of your game means respect from all your teammates and coaches, it means being recognized as the best, it means that other teams watch you play and try to figure out how to stop you. It’s the greatest thing to be on the top but not many people can last.

It was the beginning of the season. I was ready to show off my game. The coaches recognize me and were impressed. They worked on me and helped me improve my game. By the start of the season, I had a lot of talent and was already considered a factor and a part in the game plan. I liked it and kept working at it and was one of the best players.

Later I found out that getting to where I was at was easier than staying on the top and keeping my position. I began to get comfortable and got use to the treatment. I became big headed about the whole situation on being on top of my game. The amount of effort I put into getting to the top is nothing compared to the amount I needed to put into staying on top. I found it more difficult keeping my game up, now that I was on top.

I was at practice one day, when the coach told me that he wanted to try someone else at that position. This helped me realize that nothing was going to be giving to me if I wanted to keep my position I had to step up my game. So I did I showed them that I knew what it took to be on top and I was going to give up.

It was Friday the day of the game, and I really wanted to play. I was more nervous to hear from the coach about who was going to start. So I was in the locker room waiting to hear from the coach, I had stepped up the whole week. I finally knew what took to be on top it meant never giving up and working as twice as hard. Then my coach walked up to me, and told me I was starting. I was so happy I knew what had to be done to stay were I was at and I kept up my game.