Well, we know the 1st thing Tom Brady and Julian Edelman have in common, a Super Bowl ring from this year. The 2nd one is just as easy…they both play for the New England Patriots. The 3rd may not be so easy. Both players were drafted LATE. According to Wikipedia, Tom Brady was drafted 199th and Julian Edelman was drafted 232nd. The question is, what happened to the other 198 or 231 that year. Why are they not the 6-time world champions or MVP of the Super Bowl? I believe it is because the NFL is missing one big key in the drafts. Up until recently, the main things you could test on athletes are speed, strength, and endurance.
But after many years of seeing top draft picks and $100,00,000.00 go out the window because they did not produce what they were believed to be capable of, we now have to look for a different way. We know the answer, you have seen it in all the books, it is mental toughness. The question really is, how do you test for mental toughness? We can and luckily, there has been some recent and dramatic Improvement in that area of psychology. We now know that according to the American Psychology Association, we can test 16 different areas of who you are. We called this the Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EQ) Test. We can now test for:
- Self-awareness, which apparently is very important as a quarterback or a receiver.
- Optimism. That’s very important if you have two minutes left in the game and you are on your 20-yard line with 80 yards to go.
- Mental flexibility, where the ability to change your game plan on the line of scrimmage is critical.
- Assertiveness, not aggression but assertiveness. This is where you know how to act and think strongly with emotional and mental control.
- Confidence. There is really no need to tell you how important this is.
- Vision and goals attainment. Dido!
- Problem-solving. Maybe all the coaches should take this test. Also, extremely important is
- Stress tolerance. We all know players that are great in the clutch. The ones that can stay calm and get the job done at the end under pressure. We can tell you who is and who is not good at this.
I believe that Tom and Julian have very high EQ in all the right places for their given position. (That right, each position will have a different order of EQ importance) The question I am asking… “is the NFL listening”?As an American Psychology Association accredited trainer of these attributes, we would love to help them save money, effort, and more importantly . . . Time.