You don't get life back. So it's up to you to make sure that you are trying to be the best at what you do at all times. Dress rehearsals are for Broadway productions and weddings. In life, God gives you a talent. It's up to you to figure out what it is, and once you do, you'd better use it to the best of your ability. Don't settle for being good. Aspire to be great.
I put my players in pads the first day of training camp every season so that they get used to them. Because it's generally ugly when you first put them on, whenever it is. They're like new shoes. They're nice shoes, they look good when you put them on, but they don't really fit your foot real good right away; you have to wear them for a while until they fit. It's the same thing with shoulder pads and helmets. Get them out of the way so you can concentrate on the real deal. Because each day we're going out there, and we're going to practice with a purpose and go out there and compete. We practice with a purpose every time we step onto the field-it's no dress rehearsal out there. Getting used to the pads is part of that reality and part of getting us prepared.
It's the same with preseason games. I don't count preseason games as preseason games. I want to win every one. They all count to me. I don't care if I'm playing marbles against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I want to win. Because that's a chance to compete to try to win. That's what life is about. It's about winning. Never forget that your job is about winning and being the best. Because before you know it, it's over, and you could be sitting there saying, 'What if I had done this, what if I had done that.' But now it's too late.
Take advantage of opportunities. They come about all the time, and the worst thing you can do is waste them. I personally have been given one of the greatest opportunities of my life in being head coach. It took a lot of guts to hire me. I owe this organization everything I've got, and I'm not wasting this opportunity.