"Be coachable!" - Caleb Hanie
Check out this week's Y1on1 feature with Caleb Hanie, a very talented quaterback who has spent time playing with the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens, the Cleveland Browns, and the Dallas Cowboys.
What have you learned from sports that have helped you most in life?
Sports have taught me how to work as a team, and that in that framework everyone has a job that needs to be executed flawlessly in order to be consistently great. Sports have taught me what hard work REALLY is, and the amount of practice it takes to master a skill.
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Who helped guide you on your path to become a pro or college athlete?
My parents were a huge influence and help to me. Also all of my coaches instilled confidence in me.
What is the greatest moment(s) in your sports career and what do you recall most about it?
The greatest moment in my sports career actually came out of a loss. I had the opportunity to play the entire 4th quarter of the 2010 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in Chicago. The feeling of being on the biggest stage in the world and throwing my first NFL touchdown in that game, and then bringing the team back and almost winning the game was a highlight of my life.
Whether they be good or bad, share a pivotal memory from your time as a youth athlete.
I remember scoring a touchdown in flag football and getting bear hugged by my coach. I believe that helped me fall in love with the game.
Would you advise youth athletes to play multiple sports or specialize and focus on only one? Why so?
Definitely play them all! You gain a lot of different skills from every sport that will benefit you in other sports.
What specific advice do you have for youth athletes?
Be coachable. Every coach will have a different coaching style and particular set of beliefs. By the time you reach high school, you should have been able to have collected a wealth of knowledge.
Looking back, is there anything on your journey that you would have changed or done differently?
I would have listened to my parents and coaches in EVERY situation, the first time, and not just on certain things.
Outside of sports, what are some of your other interests?
Besides taking care of my family. I like to play other sports, travel, watch movies, teach, and learn about business.
Do you take part in any philanthropic endeavors or work with any charities?
I serve on the board for the Forney Education Leadership Foundation in my home town. Also, I donate to the International Justice Mission who seeks to protect poor people throughout the world against violence including slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police brutality, property grabbing, and citizen’s rights abuse.