Clemson Football Wins in Tampa ~ 2017 National Champions

What a season!  What a game!Monday night dad and I attended the rematch between Alabama and my Alma mater Clemson University in the national championship game in Tampa, FL. Heading to the game with tickets in the Bama section we agreed to deal with the possible backlash.  There were plenty of Clemson fans near by though, and minus the one apposing fan directly behind us, the Bama faithful were cordial opponents. Coach Dabo & Company slugged it out all night in what turned out to be a 4th Qtr battle with multiple lead changes.  Clemson pulled together one of the most thrilling comebacks in playoff history.  You could spend hours debating Monday’s game over the 2005 Rose Bowl between USC vs Texas, when Vince Young led a similar drive in the final minutes. Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson even mentioned VY in his MVP acceptance speech.  Asked if they were nervous when Bama took the lead with 2 minutes left, Deshaun responded with his usual calm nature and told his teammates let’s go be legendary!This is the Universities first football title since 1981.  Head Coach Dabo Swinney started knocking down barrier after barrier since taking the helm 8 years ago.  He’s a stand up guy, with an bottomless bag of motivational one liners (search BYOG if you don’t know what it stands for) and post game interviews.  His athletes drink the Kool-aid and buy into the program 100%.  They recognize Dabo cares more about their development as young men and life after football. Many will play after college and earn big paychecks.  Most will take their college degree and carry forward the work ethic and discipline into the work force.  I was a scholarship swimmer at Clemson, and since I wasn’t Michael Phelps caliber, my experience was a springboard for life after swimming in real estate.A video surfaced after last season where Dabo was awarding two players, originally walk-ons, scholarships who proved their worth. He spoke about preparing for your opportunity.  Opportunities you might not know will ever present themselves, “Prepare for your opportunity, even if it never comes. Better to be prepared without an opportunity than to not be prepared with one.”One of those athletes who prepared for his opportunity was Hunter Renfrow.  If that name sounds familiar, he’s the walk-on who led Clemson in receptions Monday night and caught the game winning touchdown with 1 second left on the clock.  Go prepare for your opportunity.